Someone actually paid $81,000 for a few strands of Abraham Lincoln’s hair

Not everyone gets to be an American statesman and have their names written in history. But for having achieved the feat, Abraham Lincoln has been served well – even posthumously! A lock of his hair was recently sold for thousands at an auction – proving that connoisseurs could go to any length to get their hands on his belongings.

Measuring five-centimeter-long, the lock of hair was removed during Mr. Lincoln’s post-mortem examination after he was shot dead at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C., by John Wilkes Booth. It was then handed down to Dr. Lyman Beecher Todd, a Kentucky postmaster and a cousin of Mary Todd Lincoln, the 16th president’s widow.

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Commenting on it, Bobby Livingston, RR Auction’s executive vice president in a statement said, “When you are dealing with samples of Lincoln’s hair, provenance is everything — and in this case, we know that this came from a family member who was at the President’s bedside.”

The hair lock was presented along with a blood-stained telegram (that was sent to Dr. Todd by George Kinnear, his assistant in the Lexington, Kentucky, post office) about his 1865 assassination at a sale hosted by RR auctions this Saturday (September 12). The item went on to fetch $81,250, slightly more than its $75,000 estimate.

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A similar lock of Lincoln’s hair was also sold previously in 1999.

[Via: Time]