TRUE STORY: Abraham Lincoln’s Hair Was Just Sold For $81,000
It kind of looks like hay when you look at it fast, doesn't it?
A lock of Abraham Lincoln's hair has been sold at an auction for $81,000. It comes with a bloodstained telegram about his 1865 assassination have been sold at auction for more than $81,000. The hair was cut off right after he was shot at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. by John Wilkes Booth. It was sent to Dr. Todd by George Kinnear, Abe's assistant and his widow.
When he received it, he wrapped it up in the only paper that he had. According to WIVB:
A caption typed by Todd’s son reads: “The above telegram … arrived in Washington a few minutes after Abraham Lincoln was shot. Next day, at the postmortem, when a lock of hair, clipped from near the President’s left temple, was given to Dr. Todd — finding no other paper in his pocket — he wrapped the lock, stained with blood or brain fluid, in this telegram and hastily wrote on it in pencil: ‘Hair of A. Lincoln.’”
It's a pretty cool piece of history that has been preserved for a long, long time.
You may think that Abraham Lincoln's hair is a little creepy or weird, but it's been the latest in a string of high-profile auction items that people that had interest in. A local item that had many Bills fans' interest was the jersey that kicker Scott Norwood wore when he missed the infamous 'wide right' field goal at the Super Bowl.