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Betsy Ross pattern flag with 13 stars, hand-embroidered, ca. 1860, at Jeff R. Bridgman American Antiques in York, Pa.
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ARTNET DESIGN
by Brook S. Mason



Call it red, white and blue fervor. Antique flags are revving up in price. What may well be the ultimate Old Glory is a flag signed by Abraham Lincoln and featuring the stars spelling out the word "Free." This historical rarity is priced at $2 million, and antique flag dealer Jeff Bridgman, who is based in York, Pa., is, well, waving the flag about it.

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