Abraham Lincoln’s opera glasses go up for auction


The stalwarts of history, who are often recalled by the world for their legendary acts, leave a few souvenirs on their way out with a 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 President Lincoln used 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 have fallen off the presidents’ body. The McCamly family preserved the glasses for generations.

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The opera glasses, which the Malcolm Forbes Estate then purchased, 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.
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