Watergate Lock Sells for $62,500

Watergate Lock Sells for ,500
Photo of the Watergate lock via Nate D. Saunders Auctions.

A lock compromised by the Watergate burglars sold for $62,500 Thursday. The Nate D. Sanders auction house, which placed the piece for sale earlier this week, announced the transaction in a press release. The buyer is not yet publicly known.

Watergate superintendent Jim Herrald received the lock as a gift from the locksmith who replaced it after it helped kick off one of modern history’s biggest political scandals. The lock was sold with two notarized letters of provenance.

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Andrew Beaujon joined Washingtonian in late 2014. He was previously the news editor and lead media reporter for the Poynter Institute, arts editor for the now completely vanished TBD.com, and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He lives in Del Ray.