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    Ludwig von Beethoven's Hair. Two strands of hair taken from a larger lock probably clipped the morning after his passing. The hair was housed in a carved, dark wood frame along with a lock of Niccolo Paganini's hair; the antique lignum vitae frame can be dated to c.1845. The composer's hair was purchased from Robert C. Eldred, an antique dealer and auctioneer in Massachusetts, who confirmed that it was obtained from a well-known musician's family residing in Rhode Island. This large collection also included a Toscanini letter that was consigned to Eldred. It was customary in Beethoven's time to snip a lock of a loved one's hair to keep as a tangible reminder after their passing. Although it is unknown how many locks were originally taken, it has been ascertained that at present only a few remain in private collections. Only a few presentations of Beethoven's hair have been prepared; when they are dispersed, no more will be offered. The hair is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from University Archives and a video tape recording the first opening of the frame since it was originally sealed.

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    February, 2006
    20th-21st Monday-Tuesday
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