It is estimated $ 125K in the sale managed by Profiles in History in Calabasas CA on December 16, lot 143 in the catalogue shared by the bidding platform LiveAuctioneers.
Here is how I introduced this item in 2009 :
On the evening of 14 April 1865, Abraham Lincoln is in a theater in Washington. John Wilkes Booth enters his box and discharges a pistol in his head. The President died on the next morning. Booth's intention was to "avenge the South", which had just lost the Civil War.
The assassin and his accomplices are at large, but their names are known. Posters offering rewards for their arrest were issued. The award is initially set at $ 30,000 and then 40,000.
On April 20, the War Secretary Edwin M. Stanton is upset. A new poster is published, in thick and powerful letters, a no fancy typography. The reward, in huge figures, amounts to $ 100,000, i.e. 50,000 for Booth and 25,000 for each of his two companions.
To recognize Booth, look for a man 5 feet 7 inches, slender, high forehead, black hair, black eyes, with a heavy mustache. I do not know if this description was helpful, but indeed Booth was shot a few days later.
The original copy of this poster that is coming for sale is laid upon heavy cardstock and in excellent condition,
It is amazing to note that the estimate, $ 100K (lower estimate before the 2009 auction), is at the same price as the reward offered nearly a century and a half ago by the War Department.