Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: Henry Clay solid gold medal, $346,000, Heritage Auctions

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far
by Ken Hall

An 1852 medal honoring U.S. Secretary of State Henry Clay, struck by the U.S. Mint in nearly 30 ounces of gold, sold for $346,000 at an auction of memorabilia relating to Abraham Lincoln held Sept. 17 by Heritage Auctions (with Rail Splitter) in Dallas, Tex. Also, a signed 1862 carte-de-visite card image of a pensive Lincoln gaveled for $175,000; a love letter from Lincoln to his first fiancée, Mary Owens, hit $137,500; and Mary Todd Lincoln’s silk mourning dress ensemble rose to $100,000. Prices are inclusive of the buyer’s premium.

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: Henry Clay solid gold medal, $346,000, Heritage Auctions