'Antiques Roadshow': Letter from Abraham Lincoln is worth up to $75,000
On "Antiques Roadshow," a woman brought in her great-great-great uncle's letter from a very famous historical figure -- maybe you've heard of him: "He was nominated to a commission by Abraham Lincoln to abolish slavery in the city of Washington, D.C," she explained.
The appraiser replied, "Right, and it comes just before the emancipation proclamation. This is April 1862."
And although the letter was worth an insane amount of money, $50-$75,000 to be exact, the woman appeared to go into shock, because she didn't have much of a reaction. Awkward.
As the 16th president of the United States, Lincoln is cited as a hero from the Civil War era. However, he admitted in a response letter that's now archived in the Library of Congress, if he could "save the Union without freeing any slave [he] would [have done] it." Yikes.
But it seems this woman might have been shortchanged on her appraisal. According to the Raab Collection, there are historical documents and letters signed by President Lincoln that are valued at nearly one million dollars.
However, there are other letters that are valued closer to $20,000, according to Sotheby's, so it's difficult to pinpoint why exactly the appraiser came up with the $50-$75,000 price tag.
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