Washington D.C.: Today Abraham Lincoln’s hair wrapped in a telegram stained along with his blood is up on the market. RR Auction, based in Boston, said that the lock of hair and telegram, which offers details of Lincoln’s assassination in 1865, are expected to fetch as much as $75,000. The auction residence has set the minimum bid at $10,000.
The lengthy, hairy lock of hair, measuring 2 inches, became eliminated during Lincoln’s postmortem examination. It became given to Dr Lyman Beecher Todd, a Kentucky postmaster and a cousin of Mary Todd Lincoln, the 16th president’s widow, auction house spokesperson spokesman Mike Graff stated. Todd turned into gift while Lincoln’s frame changed into examined.
The hair is placed on an official War Department telegram sent to Todd by using George Kinnear, his assistant within the Lexington, Kentucky, post workplace. The telegram become received in Washington at eleven pm on April 14, 1865.
Although, Todd gave a different account, writing in 1895 that he clipped the lock of hair himself. “When all become over, General Hardin entered, and passed me a pair of scissors, inquiring for me to cut some locks of hair for Mrs. Lincoln. I cautiously cut and added them to General Hardin, and then secured one for myself which I even have preserved as a sacred relic.”