A rare daguerreotype of abolitionist John Brown was bought by an unidentified bidder by telephone for $97,750 on Friday, auctioneer Wes Cowan said.
The buyer declined to be identified or to talk about the purchase, Cowan said.
Experts say probably no more than a half dozen original daguerreotypes exist of the man best known for his ill-fated raid on a federal arsenal in Harpers Ferry, Va.
Brown was born in 1800 in Connecticut, lived in Ohio for a time and was a free-state activist in Kansas before the October 1859 raid that he hoped would inspire an anti-slavery rebellion. He was wounded and captured, and was tried and hanged by the state of Virginia for treason two months later. Although revered by some for his anti-slavery militancy, Abraham Lincoln called him a "misguided fanatic."
He had estimated a sale price of $60,000 to $80,000.
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