Up for Auction: Rare Copy of Emancipation Proclamation

Signed by Abraham Lincoln, formerly owned by RFK
By Chris Cunningham,  Newser User
Posted Oct 6, 2010 9:49 AM CDT Posted Oct 6, 2010 9:49 AM CDT
Promoted on Newser Oct 6, 2010 11:54 AM CDT
RFK Copy of Emancipation Proclamation at Auction
This undated image provided by Cornell University shows the Emancipation Proclamation.   (AP)

(User Submitted) – A hand-signed copy of Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation owned by Robert F. Kennedy is to be auctioned Dec. 10 at Sotheby's. It is believed to be one of about 24 surviving copies that were signed by President Lincoln himself. The 1863 document that declared all slaves "forever free" was bought by RFK in 1964 for $9,400 and served as an inspiration to him during his push for civil rights legislation in the 1960s; experts believe it could fetch upward of $1.5 million. Read the full article at USA Today. (Read more Emancipation Proclamation stories.)

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