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    After the original by Mount Rushmore sculptor Gutzon Borglum.

    Abraham Lincoln: An Astonishing, Monumental Sculpture, Cast in .999 Fine Silver. This massive work, titled "Seated Lincoln" and taken from the original plaster maquette by Gutzon Borglum, contains 1,086 ounces of pure silver. It is designated a "Museum Proof" - #2 in an edition of only 5. It was authorized by the Borglum Historical Foundation in 1990, and produced by the Silversmiths Group USA, in conjunction with the Liberty Mint, and cast by the Maiden Foundry Company. This information is inscribed on the underside of the bench.

    Borglum's first version, in 1911, was life-sized, cast in bronze, and still stands outside the Essex County Courthouse in Newark, New Jersey. A bronze edition in the same size as the present example, created from the same plaster model, was also released in 1911. It was signed by Borglum, but did not carry a foundry name, although it is thought to have been cast by Gorham Company. Apparently they were issued in very limited numbers, and auction records for that version extend well in to five figures.

    Gutzon Borglum (1867-1941) was a renowned creator of public sculpture, the most famous of which is Mount Rushmore. He also chiseled the huge relief images of Lee, Davis, and Stonewall Jackson on the face of Stone Mountain, Georgia. His artistic legacy has been carefully guarded by the Borglum Historical Foundation, and the authorized release of the present version of his Seated Lincoln is not to be confused with the many commercial releases of "limited-edition" sculptures, plaques, et cetera, which have proliferated over the last several decades. In addition to the 56 copies in silver, the Foundation also authorized 122 in bronze in a single example in .999 gold.

    This powerful image of a Lincoln with head bowed, wearied by four years of bitter conflict, is one of the most famous and finest of Lincoln sculptures. One can sense Lincoln's exhaustion as he slumps to sit on a bench to rest. It measures 20.875 x 25.75 x 14.75", and particularly in this elegant silver, it has a truly arresting presence. The silver has acquired a lovely patina over the years. We sold a similar example in February 2007 for $33,460. That specimen was from a later casting done in 1995 and was #46 out of 56 produced. This is from an edition of only five, termed "Museum Proof". We understand that a less expensive edition of twenty-five was also produced in 1990. Both editions were sold out. In addition, the average spot price for silver in February 2007 was $13.95. It is currently $24.46, an increase of 75%.


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    Auction Dates
    November, 2010
    17th Wednesday
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