A bored Abe, a portrait autographed by Abraham Lincoln in 1861 en route to his inauguration, currently sits on the market for 45 eth. It’s one of only three known to exist. A Bored Ape, by comparison, goes for more than 3x that despite there being 10,000 of them in circulation. The latter is an NFT and that makes all the difference.
But anything can become an NFT, including the signature of honest Abe.
“Six proofs of this image were sent to Lincoln in Springfield shortly before he left for Washington to attend the Inauguration,” according to the item’s listing. “On February 16, 1861, the inaugural train stopped in Buffalo, where Lincoln was claimed to have presented one copy to William M. Kasson, the man who designed the special railroad car in which the President-elect was traveling. A second copy [this one] was presented to J.R. Drake.”
This little slice of history cost slightly more than a jpeg of a pixelated bird that someone drew on their computer last week (Looking at you Moonbirds). Abraham Lincoln is pretty cool too, with having kept the United States together and ending slavery and all that. This signed Abe can also easily be tokenized, turned into 10 NFTs or 10,000, creating the opportunity for a large number of people to share in the memory.