An Abraham Lincoln signed check written one week after being named the Republican presidential candidate sold for $35,255, according to Boston-based RR Auction
The exceptional Springfield Marine & Fire Insurance Company check, filled out and signed by Lincoln, "A. Lincoln," payable to his brother-in-law, C. M. Smith, for $122.75, May 25, 1860.
Clark Moulton Smith, who was married to Ann Todd, sister of Mary Todd Lincoln, was a successful Springfield merchant who operated five stores in the city: dry goods, clothing and shoe stores, a pharmacy, and a grocery market.
According to the stores' ledgers, the Lincolns regularly bought clothes and dry goods from Smith, along with staples such as sugar and coffee. At the time Lincoln wrote this check, he had just been nominated as his party's candidate for president at the Republican National Convention in Chicago on May 18th.
"Prices for Presidential signed checks have been rising all year," said Bobby Livingston, Executive VP at RR Auction. "Financial documents like these give collectors great insight into the daily lives of iconic figures like Abraham Lincoln.
Additional highlights from the sale include, but are not limited by:
Donald Trump signed book sold for $54,143.
John F. Kennedy signed check from the presidential hopeful for a replacement copy of Major Campaign Speeches of Adlai Stevenson sold for $28,494.
William Henry Harrison extraordinarily rare signature as President sold for $27,500.
Babe Ruth boldly signed full-length photograph sold for $25,903.
Thomas Jefferson signed check paying his cabinetmaker in 1793 sold for $24,324.
Nikola Tesla autographed signed note sold fo $14,196.
The Fine Autograph and Artifacts auction by RR Auction began on September 25 and concluded on October 13.