Published: May 20, 2016
NEW YORK CITY — Selby Kiffer, senior vice president of Sotheby’s Books & Manuscripts department, discusses two Civil War era documents in the upcoming New York sale entitled “Two Centuries of American History.” While the May 25 sale includes many documents from significant figures throughout American history such as John Hancock, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington and John Adams, there are two that stand out above all others: the authorized edition of the Emancipation Proclamation, signed by President Lincoln, estimated $1.5/2,000,000, and a rare manuscript copy of the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, signed and endorsed by Abraham Lincoln, estimated $2/$3,000,000.
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