The hair of Abraham Lincoln goes under the hammer

January 25, 2015 4:57 am
A collection of Abraham Lincoln memorabilia that includes a lock of
the slain president’s hair has been sold for more than $800,000 at
auction Saturday in Dallas.

 Lincoln’s lock of hair was taken shortly after he was shot by John Wilkes Booth.

The Donald P. Dow collection brought
top bids totaling $803,889, doubling expectations, said Eric Bradley,
spokesman for Dallas-based Heritage Auctions.
Greg Dow said his father, who died five years ago, was fascinated with presidential assassinations.
The
lock of hair, taken by Surgeon General Joseph K. Barnes shortly after
Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth, sold for $25,000.
An 1861 letter written by Booth to a friend boasting about his career and value as an actor sold for $30,000.
“The
public was so disgusted by Booth’s atrocity that most all letters,
signatures and documents mentioning him were destroyed after Lincoln’s
death, making any that survive 150 years later exceedingly rare and
valuable,” said Don Ackerman, Consignment Director for Historical
Americana at Heritage Auctions. “The Dow Collection gave us a unique
perspective of the assassination and I doubt we’ll ever see a grouping
like this outside of a museum setting.”

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