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It has been a question plaguing the museum dedicated to one of America's greatest presidents: Is the hat real?
The hat in question is of the stovepipe variety that adorned the head of Abraham Lincoln—recognized for his fashion sense and lauded for ending slavery.
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The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Illinois had displayed the chocolate brown, beaver fur hat as one that had in fact been on the 16th US president's head.
It is a prized possession, a big visitor draw, and valued at $6.5 million—one of only three such Lincoln hats displayed at an American museum.
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But it may not be Lincoln's hat after all.
FBI analysts and curators at the national Smithsonian Institution have analyzed the hat at the unpublicized request of the Illinois museum's foundation, an independent organization responsible for fundraising and acquiring objects.
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Even DNA testing was done—comparing samples taken from the hat to Lincoln's blood recovered from the night of his assassination in 1865.
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