Man buys Lincoln's signature for $50

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – When you open up a trading store like Kameron Kephart did, you have to be prepared for all things strange.

Literally, a World War I era foldable organ piano or a 40-million-year-old fish.

Want a psychedelic JFK? He's got that too.

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.'" Kephart said.

What was so special about this document?

It was signed by our nation's 16th president.

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," he said.

Kameron bought the document for $50.

"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," Kephart said.

"That's the civil war president. The president that united our country when we were in a divide."

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," he said.

I just can't help but stare at the thing all day."

"If they have the right amount of money, I will sell it," he said. "Don't get me wrong. I will sell it."

And 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 Ebay for up to $100,000.


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