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The diary of John Wilkes Booth from Jon Turteltaub's action-adventure sequel National Treasure: Book of Secrets. Booth (Christian Camargo) gave his diary to Thomas Gates (Joel Grestch), the ancestor of Ben Gates (Nicolas Cage), to work out a cipher at the beginning of the film.
The diary is modelled after the genuine one Booth kept as a fugitive after assassinating Lincoln, and features a printed facsimile of his handwriting. Numerous pages are missing, as with the original, and several are loose. The page with the cipher features different numbers to the one seen in close-up in the film.
The diary is accompanied by a leaflet for Our American Cousin, the play Lincoln was watching at the time of his assassination; a call sheet for the day of the assassination scene; three reference photos of the original diary; and a printed copy of the FBI report confirming the authenticity of the original diary. The items have only minor wear from production use, and the lot is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Ross MacDonald, who researched, designed and constructed the diary for the film. Dimensions (open diary): 15.5 cm x 29 cm x 3 cm (6" x 11½" x 1¼")
Estimate: £4,000 - 6,000 †
This item comes with a Prop Store Certificate of Authenticity.