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Former President Abraham Lincoln’s fountain pen, decorated with a patriotic gold-colored star pattern, sold at auction Thursday for over $40,000.
Nate D. Sanders Auctions told Secrets that the pen, which had a required $30,000 opening bid, went for $41,250.
Lincoln - Pen - Presidency - Grandniece - Below
Lincoln received the pen during his presidency. It was later owned by his grandniece. Below is how the Los Angeles auction house wrote up the offering:
Extraordinary collectible from the Presidency of Abraham Lincoln, a personally owned and used pen by Lincoln, given to him during his service as President. Steel-nib fountain pen, lightly worn from use, is evocative and notable for the gold-colored star pattern upon its barrel, calling forth the patriotic Union sentiment at the heart of the Civil War, clearly intended to inspire the President and reminding him of the War's noble and patriotic purpose.
Pen - Part - Set - Mary - Edwards
Pen has been identified as part of a set inherited by Mary Edwards Brown, Mary Todd Lincoln's grandniece who famously served as Custodian of the Lincoln Homestead in Springfield, Illinois. The pen is listed as one of the items in a 2 May 1925 notarized affidavit signed by Brown as number ''15. Penholder set, property of Abraham Lincoln'', a copy of which accompanies the pen. This affidavit was created by Brown to accompany the sale of the pen to Richard Hagen of Friends of the Lincoln Shrines, whose 1958...
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