Christie's to Auction Lincoln's Victory Speech

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Bidders Aim to Grab Lincoln's 1864 Re-Election Victory Speech.

Thought to be one of his most important wartime speeches, his 1864 victory speech is terse -- just four pages -- but steady in the thoughtful optimism that the re-election inspired in him, that the nation could survive.

Since that time, America proved it could survive that and many other challenges. Lincoln's bold ideas never faded, nor did the four pages of that speech.

On Feb. 12, the bicentennial of Lincoln's birth, New York's famed auction house, Christie's, is auctioning off the original copy of Lincoln's speech that's estimated to fetch $3 million to $4 million.

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