Lock of George Washington's hair up for auction

by Joel Abbott · Mar 29th, 2021 3:29 pm

Last Updated Mar 31st, 2021 at 8:59 am

A lock of hair from George Washington has gone up for auction with a starting bid of $1,000.

The seller, Leland's Auctions, said that the hair was taken from Washington's head in 1799, the year that he died. Leland said the authenticity of the hair is "well documented" and the item includes a handmade locket and a hand-written letter.

"This well documented specimen is is accompanied by a handwritten letter stating 'General Washington's hair - cut from his head in the year 1799 by Mr. John Pierie of Philadelphia, from whom I received it, Fr. Hopkinson, Philada: June 28th, 1836,'" said the seller.

Another lock of Washington's hair auctioned off by Leland's Auctions sold for more than $35,000 in 2019.

As of Monday, the bids had increased to more than $2,300. The auction is set to end April 2.


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