The stalwarts of history, who are often recalled by the world for their legendary acts, leave a few souvenirs on their way out that has value of another kind. Take for example, the Soil containing the blood of freedom fighter Mahatma Gandhi that fetched a whopping sum at a recent auction. Reminding us of another solemn day is the opera glasses carried by U.S. president Abraham Lincoln when he was assassinated in 1865. The German-manufactured black and gold opera glasses that was used by President Lincoln at a performance of “Our American Cousin” at Ford’s Theater in Washington D.C on April 14, 1865, is expected to fetch between $500,000 and $700,000. After the president was shot by a certain man named John Wikes Booth in the back of his by a pistol, Captain James M. McCamly found the glasses fallen off the presidents’ body and the glasses were preserved by McCamly family for generations.
The opera glasses which were then purchased by the Malcolm Forbes Estate, were confirmed to fit “precisely” into the carrying case held at the Fold’s Theater National Historic site. Bids for the auction taking place on April 30th, can be placed by phone or online.