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An extremely rare pair of theatre tickets which provided a 'harrowing' front row view of Abraham Lincoln's assassination have sold for a staggering £215,000.<br />
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The unknown couple had prime seats at the front of the balcony for a production of Our American Cousin at Ford's Theatre in Washington DC on April 14, 1865.<br />
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Lincoln was watching the show from the president's box opposite when John Wilkes Booth crept in and shot him in the back of the head. From where they were seated, the ticket holders would have had the 'perfect' view of the 16th US President's shocking execution.<br />
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The green tickets are stamped 'Ford's Theatre, APR 14, 1865, This Night Only' and the left side states 'Dress Circle!'.<br />
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They sparked a bidding war at RR Auction, of Boston, US, with the undisclosed buyer paying almost three times the £80,000 estimate.