Abraham Lincoln supporters' banner to auction in Dallas

An Abraham Lincoln supporters' banner from the 1864 US election is to cross the block at Heritage Auctions.

It's expected to make in excess of $85,000 in the May 18 sale in Dallas.

Lincoln campaign banner
The Lincoln campaign banner was carried by supporters in 1864

Heritage comments: "No category of political campaign memorabilia is more highly prized than the 1860 and 1864 flags supporting Lincoln's candidacy.

"Such a unique artifact is very difficult to value. Other varieties of Lincoln portrait flags have been traded, publicly and privately, mostly for prices ranging from $50,000 to nearly $200,000 over the past decade."

The present lot is one of the very rarest examples, which show a portrait of Lincoln. The record for a Lincoln campaign flag stands at $83,650, set at Heritage Auctions in 2007.

A lock of Lincoln's hair is also on offer, with an opening bid of $16,000.

It was taken from his head shortly after his assassination.

Earlier this year a lock of Lincoln's hair made $25,000 at Heritage Auctions.

We have these amazing fragments of Abraham Lincoln's wallpaper available to buy.

The sale will also feature a boat raced by John F Kennedy and his brother during the 1930s.

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