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    Sale 2486 | Lot 132
    Price Realized: $325With Buyer's Premium
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    • Sale 2486 Lot 132

      (PRINTS--MEMORIAL.) [Gugler, Henry, engraver; after Littlefield.] Lincoln. Engraving, 38 1/2 x 29 3/4 inches; several closed tears (some in image area), two tape repairs on verso, dampstaining, light edge wear. [New York: William Pate, 1869]

      Estimate $400 - 600

      The original sketch was by John Harrison Littlefield (1835-1902), who had served as a law clerk for Lincoln as a youth and later served in Lincoln's Treasury Department before pursuing a career as an artist. He based his portrait on the Brady "$5 bill" photograph, and then formed the Lincoln Publishing Company to create the best possible engraving from it. Banknote engraver Henry Gugler was paid $10,500 over three years to engrave the plate. The result is often called the largest Lincoln engraving ever produced. It's certainly quite large, and unusually detailed. The original engraving plate is still preserved by the Milwaukee County Historical Society--as any "Gugler" can easily see. Lincoln Image, pages 209-211.

      Price Realized (with Buyer's Premium) $325