Lock of Thomas Jefferson's Hair Auctioned for $6,875
America's third president, like so many of the founding fathers, appeared to have plenty of hair to spare.
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.
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.
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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