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Prominent Brooklyn historian’s Lincoln collection to be auctioned

September 12, 2018 Associated Press
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A leading Abraham Lincoln scholar’s extensive collection of images, documents and artwork pertaining to the nation’s 16th president is being auctioned in Manhattan later this month.

Harold Holzer’s collection will highlight Swann Galleries’ Sept. 27 auction of printed and manuscript Americana featuring American Revolution, Civil War and frontier material.

Holzer is an award-winning historian best known for his books on Lincoln and the Civil War. The 69-year-old Brooklyn native collected a trove of Lincoln material over the years, including an 1860 painting of the president before he grew a beard.

Other artifacts for sale include a plaster Lincoln bust and a rare print produced for the May 1860 Republican Convention held in Chicago. The print is just one of four known to exist.

Holzer retired in 2015 after 23 years with the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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