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Richard Nixon's Eyeglasses

This pair of Bausch & Lomb eyeglasses were worn by President Richard Nixon around the time of his Aug. 9, 1974 resignation and departure from the White House. The glasses were given to Clara Richardson, a maid at the White House from 1959 until 1979, by Nixon's valet at the time. Photographs in various books depict the outgoing president putting on a pair of eyeglasses when he signed his resignation letter. In an engraved White House card signed by Richardson, she indicates that she does not know if this pair is the same one.

Pre-Auction Price: $2,000

Auction Sale Price: $1,955 Heritage Auctions. Sold June 2005.

Source: Courtesy of Heritage Auctions