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  • Abraham Lincoln’s funeral bugle sells for $100,000
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    Paul Fraser
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Abraham Lincoln’s funeral bugle sells for $100,000

A bugle that played Taps at Abraham Lincoln’s funeral in 1865 realised $100,000 in a sale at Heritage Auctions over the weekend.

The call has been played at military funerals since the start of the civil war.

Abraham Lincoln bugle

This bugle sounded during Lincoln's funeral in 1865

Army officer Hiram Cook was one of a contingent of Ohian soldiers who volunteered to serve as Lincoln’s funeral party.  

Most of the other positions had already been taken, so he was handed a bugle.

Fortunately, Cook had previous experience playing the cornet.

He told the Ohio Citizen newspaper: "At six o'clock (Thursday) morning, after a prayer by Dr. Gurley, members of the Cabinet, Navy Officials, and a number of other dignitaries followed the coffin to the railway station, where the funeral train waited to carry the body from Washington to Springfield.

“A great crowd of people had gathered for the last scene of the tragedy.

“They stood in absolute silence with uncovered heads, while I raised my bugle to my lips and sounded taps over the body of Abraham Lincoln."

We’re selling some fragments of wallpaper from Lincoln’s bedroom in Springfield.

A drawing of New York by sitting president Donald Trump sold for $20,000.

Donald Trump sketch

Trump produced a number of drawings of New York for various charity auctions

He produced it for a charity auction in 2005.

Heritage comments: “It is boldly signed with a clearly legible "Donald Trump" signature (it is interesting to note how Mr. Trump's signature has changed over the years, as more recent iterations are far less legible).

“The same might be said of his more recent depictions of the New York City skyline, which tend to lack the multi-color treatment and fine detail reflected in this 2005 work.”

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  • Post author
    Paul Fraser
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