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Abraham Lincoln’s Lock Of Hair Goes Under The Hammer, Fetches Over $81,000


Auction house RR Auction of Boston has sold off Abraham Lincoln’s lock of hair along with a blood-stained telegram regarding his assassination for more than US$81,000.
The 16th president of the US was shot at the Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C., by John Wilkes Booth in 1865.
The lock of hair, which was roughly 2-inch, was removed during Lincoln’s postmortem examination.
It was then mounted on an official War Department telegram sent to Dr Lyman Beecher Todd, a postmaster and a cousin of Mary Todd Lincoln, the former president’s widow.
The auction house confirmed the authenticity of the hair strands and the telegram through a letter written from Dr Todd’s son James Todd in 1945. The letter stated that the lock of hair “has remained entirely in the custody of our family since that time.”
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The hair clipping was last sold off in 1999 until now. The auction house had estimated the items to sell for slightly over US$75,000, but it garnered a total of US$81,250.

[via TIME, cover image via Shutterstock]