Abraham Lincoln Document Purchased by Buy/Sell Store for Less Than its Value
Updated: Tuesday, August 26 2014, 05:53 PM CDT
A Bakersfield, California store owner is now sitting on a rare historical treasure..
He unexpectedly came across an item... That was once linked to a president...
Jonathan Gonzalez tells the story of how he could be cashing on a piece of 19th century America.
When you open up a trading store like Kameron Kephart did...
"Not a pawn shop. Gold and silver trading company."
You have to be prepared for all things strange...
"Pretty much anything. You name it, we buy it."
"What we try to do is be different than any buy or sell shop in town."
A World War I era fold-able organ piano.
"You can just imagine some guy folding the suitcase up and peddling it around."
A 40 million year-old fish.
"The more rare, the more unique, the better."
Want a psychedelic JFK?
He's got that too.
"Every item that comes in has a story behind it."
But even Mr. "I buy anything" was stunned when a man walked into his store last month holding this piece of paper.
"He said, 'Hey. I inherited this from my grandmother. I need the money right now.'"
What was so special about this document?
"Abraham Lincoln's signature is right here."
That's right, it was signed by our nation's 16th president.
"It's definitely a piece of history."
The man claimed he found it in a family chest.
"I took a gamble on it and I bought it and thought, you know, if it isn't real, it might look all right just hanging on the wall."
Kameron bought the document for 50 dollars.
"I didn't know if it was real or not and neither did he."
But could this signature be as honest as honest Abe himself?
"We got it authenticated and realized it was real. It was just shock and awe. They said at auction it's anywhere between $20,000-50,000."
"That's the civil war president. The president that united our country when we were in a divide."
For potentially 50 grand.
"The president who's on the $5 bill, i mean, he's really like a legend."
Kameron plans on displaying the executive document throughout his store among his other relics.
"A piece of history that he signed, you know? It's just absolutely amazing. I just can't help but stare at the thing all day."
Unless someone makes him an executive offer.
"If they have the right amount of money, I will sell it. Don't get me wrong. I will sell it."
Kameron said if he knew the document was worth that much, he would've paid thousands for it. He said similar documents are being sold on e-bay for up to one-hundred thousand dollars.