George Washington signed cheque stars in February 10 sale

A rare cheque signed by George Washington is valued at $40,000-45,000 at RR Auction.

Bidding stands at $31,342 ahead of a close date of February 10.

George Washington cheque
George Washington signed the cheque in October 1797 - just seven months after his presidency ended

The cheque dates to October 6, 1797, seven months after Washington stepped down as president. Had Washington signed it during his eight year tenure, it would be worth even more.

It is made out to an Abraham Herner for the sum of $25. 

The auction house comments: "Washington was a depositor and stockholder in the Bank of Alexandria, which was the first bank in Virginia when it was established in 1792.

"In his will, he directed that his account and holdings in the institution be used to endow a free school for orphaned and indigent children.

"Washington checks in such exceptional condition are virtually unobtainable, this being perhaps the only uncut example extant."

Another cheque signed by Washington (and in lesser condition) sold for a record $37,500 at Christie's in 2009.

We have this lottery ticket bearing a stunning example of George Washington's signature for sale.

A pocket watch belonging to legendary Wild West lawman Bat Masterson is also on offer, with a valuation of $30,000-35,000.

It's inscribed: "To W. B. Bat Masterson, from the Citizens of Ford Co."

In 1885 Masterson was voted "the most popular man in Dodge City" in a fourth of July contest. He was awarded this watch, along with a gold watch chain and a gold topped cane.

The sale will also feature a letter by Alan Turing explaining the rules of Solitaire.

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