Looking to add a conversation piece to your Oscar viewing party?
How about the chair in which Abraham Lincoln was reputedly sitting when he received the news he'd been nominated as the Republican candidate for president.
It's the star attraction in a collection of more than 50 historical documents, rare books, images and artifacts related to the 16th President of the United States currently up for bid on eBay.
Ten percent of the final sale price from the auction will support the U.S.-based international non-profit, Free the Slaves, which works with local communities across the globe to end modern-day forms of slavery.
But owning these pieces of American history won't come cheap. The starting bid is $1,000,000 but it comes with a guarantee the collection will be delivered to its new owner in time for the Oscars.
The seller, Seth Kaller, says the Bentwood hickory chair dates back to 1860. According to sources at the time, Lincoln was sitting in this chair when he received a telegram indicating his nomination.
In addition, the collection up for auction contains a first edition copy of the 1860 Lincoln-Douglass Debates, a first-day printing of the Gettysburg Address from the New York World newspaper and two handwritten letters; one opposing the Dred Scott Supreme Court decision that blacks could not become U.S. citizens, and another in which Lincoln argues for Arkansas to be a free-state. There is also a signed quotation from Frederick Douglass, in which he declares his vision of equality.
Sarah Gardner, Major Gifts Officer at Free the Slaves, said: "We are honored Mr. Kaller chose Free the Slaves to receive a portion of the proceeds from the auction. We see it as part of the continued promise to finish what Lincoln started and end slavery. We look at Lincoln as one of the greatest abolitionists in history and we see this event as celebrating his memory. So to be a part of that is really special."
Kaller, a dealer in American Historic Documents, says he timed this auction to coincide with the Oscars, in order to recruit novices into the field of collecting.
"I think a lot of people who have seen the movie may not know that these types of historical items actually exist on the market. One of the reasons we decided to put this collection up for auction on eBay is that we wanted to let people know these really important historical items are on the market and can be collected."
"Lincoln," the highly acclaimed biopic directed by Stephen Spielberg, leads the field with 12 Academy Award nominations, including best picture, best director and best actor. But Kaller insists Lincoln memorabilia is always a hot commodity among collectors.
"Lincoln material has always been popular," says Kaller. "A lot of people recognize him as either the number one or number two greatest presidents in our history. Lincoln is the one who put America back together after the Civil War. Without Lincoln the Declaration of Independence wouldn't mean nearly as much as it does today and without Lincoln America wouldn't be anywhere near the country it is today."
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, an executive order that took effect January 1st, 1863, during the American Civil War. The order proclaimed that all people enslaved in states that had seceded from the Union "are and henceforward shall be free." It would take another two years, with the ratification of the 13th Amendment, for slavery to be deemed illegal everywhere in the U.S.
The auction closes February 18th at 11 a.m. ET.