"IN LINCOLN’S FACE… AMERICAN CHARACTER": A GREAT RARITY—VINTAGE 1863 CARTE-DE-VISITE OF LINCOLN, SIGNED BY HIM AS PRESIDENT
(LINCOLN, Abraham) (GARDNER, Alexander). Carte-de-visite photograph signed. Washington, D.C. August 9, 1863.
Exceedingly rare Alexander Gardner carte-de-visite portrait of Lincoln, boldly signed "A. Lincoln" below the image, one of only three signed examples of this image that we know of, showing him seated at a marble-topped table with his reading glasses in one hand and the partially folded pages of a newspaper in the other, this exceptionally rare portrait printed from Gardner's glass collodion negative, taken at his Washington studio on August 9, 1863. $110,000.