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Abraham Lincoln's lock of hair sells for more than $81,000 at auction

September 14, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

A lock of President Abraham Lincoln's hair and a telegram smeared with his blood sold for more than $81,000 at auction.

(CNN)A lock of President Abraham Lincoln's hair and a telegram smeared with his blood sold for more than $81,000 at auction.

The hair was given to Dr. Lyman Beecher Todd, a cousin of first lady Mary Todd Lincoln, according to the auction house.

Having nothing to wrap the lock of hair with, Todd reached into his pocket and used a War Department telegram sent soon after the president was shot.

Lincoln,'" Todd's son wrote in a caption.

"The lock of Abraham Lincoln's hair . . .

"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," said RR Auction Executive Vice President Bobby Livingston.

He and President Lincoln got to know each other when the Lincolns visited Lexington, Kentucky, before the Civil War. Todd was appointed the postmaster in Lexington in 1861 after Lincoln became president.

"My father went with Col. Vincent to the President's bedside and they remained there until his death next morning," Todd's son wrote in the letter.

Todd was there for the postmortem examination and accompanied the president's body to the White House, the letter said.

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