Scholar’s Abe Lincoln collection fetches $300K at auction

This undated photo provided by Swann Auction Galleries shows a portrait of President Abraham Lincoln, entitled "State Sovereignty, National Union," engraved by Franklin H. Brown. The item was among a collection of hundreds of Lincoln books, artwork and documents sold at auction by Swann Auction Galleries on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2018 in New York. (Swann Auction Galleries via AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — The sale of a prominent Abraham Lincoln scholar’s collection of material pertaining to the nation’s 16th president brought in nearly $300,000 at a New York City auction.

Swann Galleries says nearly 90 percent of Harold Holzer’s collection of hundreds of Lincoln books, artwork and documents was sold at Thursday’s auction in Manhattan. The overall sale total of $299,995 topped the presale estimate of $158,000 to $236,000.

An 1860 painting of Lincoln before he grew a beard drew the highest price at $40,000.

Holzer is an award-winning historian best known for his books on Lincoln and the Civil War. He collected hundreds of Lincoln items during the decades he spent researching and writing about him.

Holzer currently serves as director of Hunter College’s Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute.

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