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Watergate Lock Sells for $62,500

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 with the Poynter Institute, TBD.com, and Washington City Paper. His book A Bigger Field Awaits Us: The Scottish Soccer Team That Fought the Great War was published in 2018. He lives in Del Ray.