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Lot # 1733 (1733 of 1911)   « Previous Lot | Next Lot »

1968 Lyndon Johnson Signed Letter to Edward G. Robinson - Day of Martin Luther King Jr.'s Death - PSA/DNA

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $600

One-page typed letter, dated April 4, 1968, on official "The White House" letterhead, signed by Lyndon Johnson (1908-1973), thirty-sixth President of the United States. In his letter, Johnson writes to famed actor Edward G. Robinson. In full: "Dear Mr. Robinson: I am proud to have your continued confidence. My decision was difficult, but I have the faith to believe that it will prove wise and healing to unite Americans and so advance the day of peace. There is no higher or more urgent interest. I ask your hand in this vital purpose, with all gratitude and hope. Sincerely, Lyndon B. Johnson [signed]." Johnson's signature is boldly signed in black ink, grading "10." The difficult decision mentioned by Johnson in his letter was his decision not to seek his reelection as President, which he announced to the American people on March 31, 1968. Without the pressures of an election campaign, Johnson had hoped to complete a number of important initiatives, including a new effort to combat urban poverty. His plans, however, were cut short by a tragic event. Later in the day on April 4, 1968, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated outside a motel in Memphis, Tennessee. King's death caused widespread riots in a number of cities, including Washington, which effectively deterred Johnson from pursuing his final grand plans of urban renewal during his last days in office. The letter (6.5 x 9 inches) displays a horizontal fold and a small, light stain in the upper right quadrant; otherwise it is in Near Mint condition. Matted and framed together with a photographic print (12 x 7 inches) of Johnson and Martin Luther King Jr. conversing at the White House. Total dimensions: 17.25 x 22.5 inches. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $600

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