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#83 - Theodore Roosevelt

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To Mount Rushmore’s sculptor: “The head of Lincoln grows upon me more and more”
Description                           Estimate: $2,000 - 2,500          

TLS as president, one page, 7 x 8.75, White House letterhead, February 17, 1908. Letter to Gutzon Borglum, the sculptor of Mount Rushmore. In full: “The head of Lincoln grows upon me more and more. I think it one of the finest things I have seen. I especially like it when seen from the right front.” In fine condition, with a light spot of soiling along the central horizontal fold, and a small singe mark to the right edge. Long before beginning his work on Mount Rushmore, Borglum carved a massive marble bust of Abraham Lincoln in 1908 that was exhibited in Theodore Roosevelt's White House. Robert Todd Lincoln praised it as perhaps the greatest likeness of his father he had ever seen, and the bust was donated to the Congress later that year. Interestingly, when designing Mount Rushmore in the 1920s, Borglum placed President Roosevelt next to Lincoln. An excellent association piece with superb content. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.

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