published : 2023-09-09

Theater tickets from the night Abraham Lincoln was shot up for auction, expected to fetch over $80,000

Front-row tickets from the performance that President Abraham Lincoln was watching when he was shot in 1865 are now on auction

Front-row theater seats at Ford's Theatre where Abraham Lincoln was shot, taken with Nikon D850

What was supposed to be a regular night at the theater turned deadly in 1865.

A pair of front-row tickets from the performance that President Abraham Lincoln was watching when he was shot in 1865 are now up for auction and expected to sell for over $80,000.

President Abraham Lincoln was shot on April 14, 1865, at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C., while attending a performance of the play 'Our American Cousin.'

The tickets, now up for auction a second time, are being sold through Boston's Remarkable Rarities Auctions and indicate front-row seats.

The pair of tickets up for auction were sold in 2002 for over $83,000.

The stubs appear to be stamped with the wording 'Ford’s Theatre, APR 14, 1865, This Night Only,' confirming their authenticity.

The right side of the tickets are clipped, signifying they were presented for admission, and are said to be in 'good condition.'

A close-up of an authentic ticket from the night of Lincoln's assassination, taken with Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Another ticket from the same night is currently housed at Harvard University’s Houghton Library, confirming the authenticity of these tickets.

The pair of tickets being auctioned were originally sold in 2002 for over $83,000.

The online bidding for the rare pair of tickets has already begun and will be followed by a live auction on September 23.

Executive vice president Bobby Livingston of RR Auction described these tickets as rare and special, as they were facing the box in which President Lincoln was sitting during the performance.

One of the indicators of the ticket's authenticity is a stamp showing the date of admission.

Livingston stated, 'This pair of front row Ford’s Theatre tickets, which were facing Lincoln’s box, allowed the original theatergoers to witness America’s most tragic performance.'

Lincoln was shot by actor John Wilkes Booth during the play.

A historic photograph of John Wilkes Booth, the actor who assassinated Abraham Lincoln, taken with Sony Alpha a7 III

He died the next day, April 15, 1865, at the age of 56.

During the play, as one of the funniest lines was delivered, Booth entered the presidential box and shot Lincoln in the head.

The bullet hit Lincoln's left ear and went behind his right eye.

At the moment of the shooting, Lincoln was leaning his hand on the railing and looking down at a person in the orchestra.

Gravely wounded, Lincoln was quickly taken across the street to the Petersen boarding house.

He passed away on April 15, 1865, roughly nine hours after being shot.

For more information on the tickets and how to bid, visit the auction's website.