George Washington hair lock coming to auction

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Gazza99

2016-11-15 16:02:12

A lock of George Washington's hair will auction at Heritage Auctions next month.

The reddish-brown strands have an opening bid of $10,000 at the December 3 political memorabilia sale.

The item should achieve substantially more. Another lock snipped from the first US president sold for $18,750 with the same auctioneer last year.

Provenance is vital with hair sales. This item has it in spades.

That's because it comes with a letter of authenticity that explains: "This lock of President George Washington's hair has been in the continuous possession of the extended families of Lewis Morris (1726-1798) and Robert Hunter Morris (1700-1764) since 1789."

The record for hair at auction is $119,500 – paid in 2007 for a tress snipped from the dead body of revolutionary Che Guevara.

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