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Lincoln-Related Items Up For Auction In Lexington

Posted at 12:21 PM, Feb 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-17 12:21:49-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — More than 400 pieces of real Kentucky history are on the auction block in Lexington, and they have a connection to President Abraham Lincoln.

The items are from Helm Place, the home of Mary Todd Lincoln’s half-sister, Emilie Todd-Helm, who lived there for decades.

Some of the items up for grabs include fine art painted by President Lincoln’s cousin Katherine Helm, as well as belonging of Confederate Gen. Benjamin Hardin-Helm.

“We have a lot of items that are authenticated. Obviously, everything that came out of the Helm Place, which is its own authentication,” said principal auctioneer Chuck McKee. “But then we have items that have been authenticated directly to the Helm family, and those items will come with special provenience letters as they were specifically we know they were Helm items.”

The action begins at 1 p.m. at the Bluegrass Auction Showroom off Floyd Drive. Doors open at 11 a.m.