The bust of Abraham Lincoln that once stood in his home is back in Springfield

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A bust of the 16th president that was once on display at the Lincoln family home at Eighth and Jackson streets went on display Friday in the Treasures Gallery of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

The bust was a gift to the ALPLM from First Lady of Illinois MK Pritzker, who purchased it at Heritage Auctions in Dallas.

He arrived in Springfield a few weeks ago, ALPLM spokesman Chris Wills said.

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The exact bust, sculpted by Leonard Volk of Chicago, was presented to Lincoln after he won the Republican Party’s nomination for president in Chicago on May 18, 1860. It perched on a shelf in Lincoln’s home until the family left Springfield for Washington, DC in February 1861.

Pritzker offered $400,000 for the bust.

It had been in the possession of the descendants of the Reverend Noyes Miner, a Baptist minister who was a friend and neighbor of Lincoln in Springfield, before being auctioned off. In 2019, Miner’s family donated a rare Lincoln Bible to the ALPLM.

The 15 inch tall bust sits at the central entrance to the gallery.

The bust is accompanied by a notarized statement of provenance from the sender, Miner Warner, who is a direct descendant of Miner.

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A drawing from the March 9, 1861, issue of Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Journal shows the bust sitting atop a bookshelf in the formal living room of the Lincolns’ home.

Rob Lipic of Decatur, Illinois and Michelle Monk of Bloomington, Illinois view a bust of Abraham Lincoln in the Gallery of Treasures Saturday at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield.  The bust was sculpted by Leonard Volk of Chicago and given to Lincoln after his nomination for the presidency in 1860. The bust was purchased by First Lady of Illinois MK Pritzker at a recent auction and donated to the 'ALPLM.  The bust was put on display last week.

The bust was given to Miner by a Lincoln household employee the morning Lincoln left Springfield for Washington to assume the presidency.

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