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Lock of Thomas Jefferson's Hair Auctioned for $6,875


Lock of Thomas Jefferson's Hair Auctioned for $6,875

Thomas Jefferson, like many of America's founding fathers, had an abundance of gray hair.

Little did he know he had a veritable gold mine on his head. On Saturday, a tiny lock of the third president's hair sold at a Dallas auction for $6,875.

The lock consisted of just 14 individual hairs, according to Heritage Auctions. In case you were wondering, that's about $491 per strand.

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The hairs were reportedly snipped 190 years ago when Jefferson died. The pre-auction estimate was $3,000, less than half what an anonymous buyer ultimately paid.

The collectible was sold by William F. Northrop, who bought the hair in the 1980s.

The lock is part of a limited number of Jefferson’s hair samples known to exist, the AP reports.

Also this month, a full-scale replica of Jefferson's Virginia home, Monticello, is set to hit the auction block. The $7.7 million home in Somers, Connecticut, was built by Friendly's ice cream magnate S. Prestley Blake as a present to himself for his 100th birthday.

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The home has since failed to sell for an original $6.5 million asking price and then a cut rate of $4.9 million.

The 10,000-square-foot house is up for auction May 31.

Jefferson's isn't the first long-haired notable whose hair hit the auction block this year. In February, a lock of Beatles legend John Lennon's hair sold at auction for $35,000.

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