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    Breckinridge & Lane: Prohibitively Rare Currier & Ives "Grand National Banner" Campaign Poster. Currier published this popular series of prints for every presidential ticket from 1844 through 1876. Without a doubt the rarest is this 1860 issue for the candidates of the traditional Democratic Party. We cannot recall the last time an example appeared on the market. The second rarest of the series is the Bell & Everett from that same election. Heritage has handled one copy, which sold for $15,087 in December 2005 despite significant condition issues: the borders were very closely trimmed, and there was a large tear extending from the top edge down into Bell's portrait.

    The present Breckinridge & Lane example is in very fine condition, with ample borders. The borders exhibit just a hint of the age browning typically seen on these Grand National Banners. For strictest accuracy we note a very slight irregularity along the upper portion of the right edge, and a tiny piece missing from the border at the upper right hand corner. All in all, this example is in distinctly superior condition for the type. 9.875" x 13.75".

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    November, 2009
    17th-18th Tuesday-Wednesday
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