Sep 27, 2018 - Sale 2486

Sale 2486 - Lot 69

Price Realized: $ 3,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 4,000 - $ 6,000
LINCOLN'S FINAL LIFE PORTRAIT (PHOTOGRAPHY.) [Warren, Henry F.; photographer.] The Latest Photograph of President Lincoln, Taken on the Balcony at the White House, March 6, 1865. Albumen photograph, 8 x 6 inches, laid down on photographer's mount with printed caption on recto; minimal foxing, browning on mount edges. [Waltham, MA, 1865]

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the last known photograph of lincoln, taken two days after his "With malice toward none" second inaugural speech. Lincoln's full beard has here been trimmed to a rather imposingly severe goatee. According to one story, photographer Henry Warren had no appointment with the president for this sitting, but tricked young Tad Lincoln into bringing his father to the balcony. "Posing just to please his son, Lincoln appears preoccupied and perhaps a little annoyed"--Hamilton and Ostendorf, Lincoln in Photographs, O-112 and pages 213-4. After the assassination, the image was re-issued with the caption "The Last Photograph of President Lincoln," but this is the first edition.