Abraham Lincoln’s death certificate is now up for sale

Abraham Lincoln’s death certificate is now up for sale

You can soon own a tragic piece of American history.

Abraham Lincoln’s Illinois death certificate is heading to the online auction block for the cool sum of $425,000, TMZ reports.

While largely perfunctory, the document reveals the president’s estate was worth $85,000, about $1.4 million in today’s dollars. Not bad for an honest man born in a Kentucky log cabin.

The certificate lists the date of Lincoln’s assassination, April 14, 1865, and his survivors: wife, Mary, and children, Robert and Thomas. It is signed by Supreme Court Justice David Davis, one of Lincoln’s longtime friends and political allies.

Harry Rubenstein, Chair of Political History, center, and Beth Anne Bemis, right, project assistant, bring out the very hat that Abraham Lincoln wore to Ford's theater, among the artifacts from the Lincoln assassination at the Smithsonian American History museum.
Harry Rubenstein, Chair of Political History, center, and Beth Anne Bemis, right, project assistant, bring out the very hat that Abraham Lincoln wore to Ford’s theater, among the artifacts from the Lincoln assassination at the Smithsonian American History museum.
The Washington Post via Getty Im

Lincoln was shot and killed in Washington D.C. of course. But the Great Emancipator is interred today in Springfield, Ill., where he arrived in May 1865, with the remains of his deceased son Willie, after a 1,600-mile funeral tour by train from the nation’s capital.

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