I suspect more than one person asked Abraham Lincoln for his autograph while he was in Gettysburg, but only one such signature has survived. Sotheby’s thinks the lone Lincoln autograph could be worth a million dollars.
No word on who the autograph-seeker was, but the person was able to get the signature of nearly every dignitary who listened to the Gettysburg Address:
Secretary of State William H. Seward
Secretary of War Simon Cameron
Pennsylvania Governor Andrew Curtin
Two Generals who Fought at Gettysburg: Abner Doubleday and George Sykes
Lincoln’s Secretaries: John Hay and John Nicolay
Various Foreign Dignitaries
The entire autograph album will be on display at Sotheby’s gallery in New York until next Wednesday, but on Thursday, April 3, 2008 at 10 am, it hits the auction block.