Lincoln documents in the news

A signed copy of the Emancipation Proclamation sold for more than $2 million in New York this week.  One of forty-eight copies originally sold during the Civil War to benefit Union soldiers, it was purchased by a private buyer but will eventually be displayed for the public.

A judge has sentenced presidential memorabilia collector and author Barry Landau to seven years in prison.  Landau pleaded guilty to stealing thousands of documents from archives and libraries, including original Lincoln material.  The judge also ordered Landau to pay $46,000 in restitution.  His accomplice Jason Savedoff is yet to be sentenced.

Finally, $5 million worth of stolen items, including letters signed by Lincoln, have been returned to the Polish Museum of America in Chicago.

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