Lock of Abraham Lincoln’s hair sells for more than $81,000 at auction

A lock of Abraham Lincoln’s hair along with a blood-stained telegram about his 1865 assassination have been sold at auction for more than $81,000.

The items were sold during an auction that ended Saturday, according to RR Auction of Boston. No information about the buyer was disclosed.

The roughly 2-inch long lock of hair was removed during Lincoln’s postmortem examination after he was fatally shot at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C., by John Wilkes Booth.

It was presented to Dr. Lyman Beecher Todd, a Kentucky postmaster and a cousin of Mary Todd Lincoln, the 16th president’s widow, according to RR Auction. Dr. Todd was present when Lincoln’s body was examined.

The hair is mounted on an official War Department telegram sent to Dr. Todd by George Kinnear, his assistant in the Lexington, Ky., post office. The telegram was received in Washington at 11 p.m. on April 14, 1865.

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US: Lock of Abraham Lincoln’s hair up for auction | International

Sep 09, 2020, 09:47PM ISTSource: AP

A lock of Abraham Lincoln’s hair, wrapped in a bloodstained telegram received on the night of his 1865 assassination, is up for sale. Boston-based RR Auction says bidding has opened online for the items ahead of a live auction scheduled for Sept. 12. Measuring roughly 2 inches long, the bushy lock of hair was removed during Lincoln’s postmortem examination after he was fatally shot at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C., by John Wilkes Booth. The auction house says it was given to Dr. Lyman Beecher Todd, a Kentucky postmaster and a cousin of Mary Todd Lincoln, the 16th president’s widow. The physician was at Lincoln’s bedside in his final hours, at the Petersen House across from Ford’s Theatre in Washington, DC., Dr. Todd accompanied Lincoln’s body to the White House and was present when his body was examined that afternoon. The hair is

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Lock of Lincoln’s Hair and Historically Important Telegram Sold for $81,250 at Auction

Boston – A thick lock of Abraham Lincoln’s hair and a historically significant telegram sold for $81,250, according to Boston-based RR Auction.

The hair was removed during his postmortem examination, measuring approximately 2″ long, and was presented to Dr. Lyman Beecher Todd, a cousin of Mary Todd Lincoln.

The hair is mounted to an official War Department manuscript telegram sent to Dr. Todd by George H. Kinnear, his assistant in the Post Office at Lexington, Kentucky, received in Washington at 11 PM on April 14, 1865.

Dr. Lyman Beecher Todd’s own account of the autopsy, now preserved in an 1895 manuscript held in the Ida Tarbell collection of Lincoln papers at Allegheny College in Meadville, PA, differs slightly from his son’s, noting that he clipped the lock himself: “When all was over, General Hardin entered, and handed me a pair of scissors, requesting me to cut a few locks of

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