Abraham Lincoln’s Opera Glasses Go Under the Hammer

On the evening of 14 April 1865, Lincoln had carried his opera glasses for a play called “Our American Cousin” when John Wilkes booth shot him at close range with a pistol in the head at Ford’s theatre in Washington D.C. The same opera glasses are going to be auctioned this month. The bids can be made online or by phone on April 30. The auction house has estimated that it will fetch approximately $500,000-$700,000 from the auction. The opera glasses used by president Abraham Lincoln for the show was German and in gold & black. It will be sold by the auctioneer of Los Angeles Nate D. Sanders.

The stage actor John Booth jumped into the viewing box of President while he was watching the second act of the play and the actor shot him in the head. The city guard was able to find the opera glasses outside theatre as he was helping the president to move to Petersen House where he died. According to the statement of Sanders, the opera glasses are the last existing souvenir of first president Lincoln.  According to auctioneer Nate D. Sander, Lincoln used to escape from the highly demanding presidency to find solace in theater and literature.

The auction house disclosed in a press release that the three generations of McCamly’s family had kept the glasses. McCamly’s great-grandson was informed by the Ford’s Theatre National Park Collection In 1968 that the case they were housing fit glasses precisely.

Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States is accepted by many historians that Lincoln was the greatest American president. Lincoln’s victory in election changed racial discrimination forever in the United States.

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