Local auction’s President’s Day sale features collection of executive items

BOSTON — Ever wanted to own Andrew Johnson’s order of a national day of mourning after Abraham Lincoln’s assassination? Or the pen that Warren Harding used to end U.S. involvement in World War I? How about locks of George and Martha Washington’s hair?

Over 300 collectibles are in Boston-based RR Auction’s President’s Day sale. They’re all available to the highest bidder online through Thursday.

Bobby Livingston, the auction’s executive vice president, said, “People have collected things for two centuries. Can you imagine being able to read a letter actually written by George Washington? Several of them in this sale. He sat down and wrote out these letters, and they were mailed to common citizens, and so they have existed in families for decades.”

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JFK’s Harvard sweater and a letter from George Bush to Russian president Mikhail Gorbachev are also in the collection.

“‘These two retired statesmen are coming back together in 2011 and they’re reminiscing about one of the most important moments of the 20th century, the fall of the Berlin wall. And Bush is talking about the partnership that they had together and the friendship between the United States and Russia.”

While the lockets with the Washingtons’ hair in it are expected to be sold for over $75,000, there are other items that start at just $200.