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The document that Kennedy bought was framed and hung in one of the main hallways of Hickory Hill, his sprawling 1840s home in McLean, Va., that was sold last year. Ethel Kennedy declined to comment about the auction.

The copy was one of 48 signed by Lincoln and printed to raise money for medical care for union soldiers, Kiffer said. The RFK copy was first sold in the summer of 1864 at a Philadelphia fair held by the Sanitary Commission, a forerunner of the Red Cross. It will be exhibited in Boston, Philadelphia and New York prior to the auction.

(This version CORRECTS spelling of Selby, instead of Shelby. )