They were expected to fetch around $100,000 but surprised many when the pair of tickets were bought for $262,500 through Boston-based RR Auction’s Remarkable Rarities sale, according to a report.
The winner of the tickets has decided to remain anonymous, the report noted.
Lincoln was shot on April 14, 1865, at a performance of Our American Cousin starring acclaimed stage actor and Southern sympathizer John Wilkes Booth.
The president died the next day in a house across the street.
Stamping on the tickets sold read “Ford’s Theatre, APR 14, 1865, This Night Only,” according to a PR Auction spokesperson, and they are clipped, signifying the original ticket holders had presented them for admission.
“We are confident that there is not another 19th-century event as important to ticket collectors as the performance of Our American Cousin on April 14, 1865,” RR Auction Executive Vice President Bobby Livingston said.
Livingston also added that whoever had the tickets the night of April 14 would have been facing Lincoln’s box.
“This pair of front-row Ford’s Theatre tickets, which were facing Lincoln’s box, allowed the original theatergoers to witness America’s most tragic performance,” he said.
The only other tickets purported to still exist from the performance are in the care of Harvard University’s Houghton Library, according to the report.