Abraham Lincoln assassination broadside carries $150,000 estimate

An official broadside offering a reward for the capture of John Wilkes Booth after his assassination of Abraham Lincoln is to auction at Profiles in History with a $125,000-150,000 estimate.

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Booth was cornered and killed in Virginia shortly afterwards

It's one of four surviving copies of this design and reads in part: "THE MURDERER Of our late beloved President, Abraham Lincoln, IS STILL AT LARGE. $50,000 REWARD Will be paid by this Department for his apprehension, in addition to any reward offered by Municipal Authorities or State Executives�Ǫ

"All good citizens are exhorted to aid public justice on this occasion. Every man should consider his own conscience charge with this solemn duty, and rest neither night nor day until it be accomplished."

Booth went on the run immediately after the killing, but was eventually cornered and shot in a barn in Virginia.  

Lincoln's assassination at Ford's Theatre in Washington, DC on April 14, 1865 remains one of the most dramatic events in US history.

This has led to strong interest in memorabilia surrounding the event.

The brass opera glasses Lincoln carried with him to the theatre sold for $424,000 at Christie's New York in 2002.

The physician's account of his last hours and subsequent autopsy realised $240,000 at Christie's in 2005.

The sale also features Lincoln's desk from the Illinois House of Representatives.

We have these fragments of wallpaper from Abraham Lincoln's bedroom in Springfield, Illinois.

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