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Valuable Robert E. Lee photo donated to Goodwill

A one-of-a-kind donation could bring in thousands of dollars for Goodwill. Someone anonymously gave an antique tintype of Robert E. Lee to a Goodwill store in Tennessee.
Image: Photo of Robert E. Lee
This tintype photo shows Gen. Robert E. Lee in the Civil War era.shopgoodwill.com
/ Source: WSMV-TV

A one-of-a-kind donation could bring in thousands of dollars for Goodwill.

Someone anonymously donated an antique tintype of Robert E. Lee to a Goodwill store in Murfreesboro, Tenn.  The public now has a chance to purchase it at auction.

"The photograph itself is in very good condition. This will take care of a lot of employees for Goodwill," said Michelle Buster-Gouda of Goodwill.

A local expert confirmed the photograph dates back to the Civil War era.

"You have people who donate things on a daily basis, and you never know what's going to come in," said Buster-Gouda.

"I've got some lunch bets going that this may go way above $10,000 which would make it the most expensive piece that has ever sold on our auction site," said Suzanne Kay-Pittman of Goodwill.

"Well, I think collectors are probably going hot and heavy on this right now. There may be some Civil War museums that may be involved," said Kay-Pittman.

For now, the prized find is locked away in a safe at Goodwill's headquarters until the auction ends Sept. 7.

"It's just more money that we can use and put toward our mission, so this is a great find," said Kay-Pittman.