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(Fox News) – An extremely rare U.S. currency note from the late 19th century
is expected to sell for up to $3 million when it is auctioned next year.

The 1891 $1,000 Silver Certificate is the only bill of its kind believed to exist
in private hands, according to auction house Stack’s Bowers Galleries. Known
as the Marcy note, the bill features the portrait of former New York Governor
William L. Marcy, who served as a senator and as secretary of war under
President James Knox Polk.    

Stack’s Bowers Galleries notes that the Marcy note is sometimes considered
the “unicorn” of U.S. money thanks to its unique design. The bill, which has
an estimated pre-sale value of $2 million to $3 million, is being offered at
auction for the first time.

The note will be auctioned at the Whitman Spring Expo, which takes place in Baltimore between Feb. 28 and March 3.


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(Fox News) – A rare piece of American history is up for sale, just in time for Christmas.

An original letter written and signed by President Abraham Lincoln in the
middle of the Civil War was recently discovered among a collection of family heirlooms belonging to the direct descendants of Mary Todd Lincoln.

Written four days before Christmas in 1863, it requests that Mrs. Lincoln’s
first cousin and her husband, Mr. and Mrs. Craig, be allowed to safely return
to their cotton plantation in Arkansas, which was by then in Union territory.

“[I]t is my wish,” Lincoln writes “that they be permitted to do so, and that the
United States military forces in that vicinity will not molest them or allow them
to be molested, when within their power to prevent, as long as the said Mr. and
Mrs. Craig shall demean themselves as peaceful and loyal citizens to the United States.”

The letter was handed down from generation to generation, until it ultimately
ended up in the care of a descendant now living in the Midwest.     

It was recently acquired directly from that descendant by the Raab Collection,
and is now for sale for $60,000.

“Finding something from Abraham Lincoln that is still in the hands of the family
of the recipient is increasingly rare,” says Nathan Raab, the vice president of the Raab Collection. “Something of this importance and connection to Lincoln’s
family is very uncommon.”

And he would certainly know. The Raab collection has worked on the sale and preservation of many important historical documents, and with the families of
their authors, including Thomas Jefferson, Ulysses S. Grant and Ronald
Reagan among others.

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(Fox News) – High school students on an archaeology field trip helped discover
a 6,000-year-old stone ax head at George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate.

Roughly 7 inches long and 3 inches wide, the ax would have been an important
part of the Native American tool kit in the fourth millennia B.C, according to
experts. Famous as the home of one of America’s founding fathers, the
Virginia estate also offers a fascinating glimpse into the nation’s earlier
history. The artifact is now one of more than 50,000 artifacts found on the
Mount Vernon estate.

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Fans of “The Wizard of Oz” looking for a glimpse of the iconic ruby slippers are in for a treat.

(Fox News) – Fans of “The Wizard of Oz” looking for a glimpse of the ruby
slippers are in for a treat.

The National Museum of American History revealed on Twitter Friday the
famous shoes from the celebrated movie are being put back on display.

The museum said “After their journey to the museum’s Conservation Lab,
they are stabilized, sparkling clean, and ready to be on view for years to

Oct. 19 kicks off the “opening weekend of the Ruby Slippers gallery,” as
well as other displays, the museum said
on its website, after the shoes
paid a visit to the conservation lab for restoration.

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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 recently
at 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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Scholar's Lincoln collection fetches $300G at NYC auction
Harold Holzer

  Abraham Lincoln Memorabilia       
Abraham Lincoln’s Opera Glasses,The Pair He Brought to Ford’s
Theatre and Held in His Hands at The Time of His Assassination.

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