A tintype that shows a rare angle of the oft-photographed general was recently donated to Goodwill in Murfreesboro and The Tennessean reports the picture could set a record for the thrift’s online bidding site.
It was already up to $10,000 Monday and if that figure holds up, it will set a new mark.
Larry Hicklen, a Civil War memorabilia store owner, said he had a “holy smokes!” moment when he saw the anonymously donated tintype.
“I knew the picture was old, with all the traits of a tintype. It was the right era, not something cranked out in 1961,” said Hicklen, who owns Middle Tennessee Civil War Relics in Murfreesboro.
“When I blew it up, the clarity of the image, it was not in perfect focus, so it’s a picture of a picture, which is something they did a lot back then. But the thing that is getting the collectors excited is the view of Lee.”
The tintype was offered for a minimum bid of $4 and more than 2,500 people had viewed it by Friday morning. The auction continues through Wednesday.
Suzanne Kay-Pittman, Goodwill’s manager for public relations and communication, said the single highest-priced item sold ononlinegoodwill.com was an early 1900s watercolor that sold for $7,500 in 2009 to a museum in New Orleans.
Proceeds from the tintype sale will go to Goodwill’s Middle Tennessee operations.
“Several Civil War museums have been notified that we have the piece up for auction and may be involved with the bidding,” Kay-Pittman said.
Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com
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