Abraham Lincoln, as US President, photographed by Alexander Gardner on February 5, 1865. AP.
NEW YORK (AP) -- One of the rare, original copies of the Emancipation Proclamation has sold at a New York auction for more than $2 million.
The 1863 document signed by President Abraham Lincoln ordered all slaves to be freed in states then in rebellion.
The proclamation was auctioned Tuesday for $2.1 million at Manhattan's Robert Siegel Auction Galleries. That price includes a buyer's premium.
The document was signed during the Civil War. It provided the legal framework for the emancipation of millions of slaves as the Union armies advanced.
A century later, President Lyndon Johnson invoked the proclamation while presenting the Voting Rights Act to Congress. He said equality was still an unfulfilled promise for black Americans.
From the Associated Press