Rare war document signed by President Abraham Lincoln is to be auctioned for charity

Updated: February 19, 2013
Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln

A RARE document signed by President Abraham Lincoln during the American Civil War is expected to sell for £20,000 when it is auctioned for charity in the UK later this week.

The framed paperwork features the Presidential seal on an order appointing a military official to a senior rank in ‘the twelfth regiment of Infantry in the service of the United States.’

The item will be listed for sale at the Stampex Exhibition at the Business Design Centre in Islington, North London, on Thursday (Feb 21) with a share of the proceeds going to Prostate Cancer UK.

Lincoln, whose life story has been turned into a new movie starring Daniel Day-Lewis (pictured above), signed the document in black ink on May 20th 1864.

You can see part of the document below. The Stampex exhibition will also feature rare stamps from the Royal Mail, plus other interesting items for auction.

A memorabilia expert said: “Anything to do with President Lincoln always creates interest, so we are expecting the document will raise a tidy sum for a good cause.”

A portion of the Abraham Lincoln document that will be auctioned for charity


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