Sunday 4 December 2016

Lock of hair from Thomas Jefferson sold at auction

Published 15/05/2016 | 02:06

A lock of hair from former US president Thomas Jefferson has sold at auction
A lock of hair from former US president Thomas Jefferson has sold at auction

A lock of hair from Thomas Jefferson has sold at auction in Texas for 6,875 US dollars (£4,800), nearly 190 years after the former president died.

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Heritage Auctions in Dallas said the sale involved 14 strands that were snipped by Jefferson's personal physician at the time of the statesman's death on July 4 1826.

A Heritage Auctions statement said the pre-auction estimate for the hair was 3,000 dollars (£2,090).

Company spokesman Eric Bradley said the buyer wished to remain anonymous.

The seller was collector William F Northrop, who purchased the lock in the early 1980s from an autograph scholar.

The documentation includes a letter confirming the lock as part of a limited number of Jefferson's hair samples known to exist.

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