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Historical Lincoln items could go on auction block amid presidential museum foundation money woes

CHICAGO - The Land of Lincoln is in such financial disarray, it's looking at selling some of the Lincoln.

The foundation that supports the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum indicated Thursday that prestigious memorabilia tied to the home-state 16th president could be sold to help pay back a loan taken out to buy a trove of items more than a decade ago.

"If the foundation is not able to secure commitments in the very near future to retire most - if not all - of the remaining $9.7 million debt, it will have no choice but to accelerate

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