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    Abraham Lincoln: A Sought-After Actual Lock of His Hair. One of the most thoroughly documented examples of Lincoln's hair which we have ever been able to offer. This lock was part of a larger one from the legendary Oliver R. Barrett collection, sold at Parke-Bernet Galleries in 1952. In 1950, Carl Sandburg had written a 344-page book about Barrett's astonishing collection. On page 208 Sandburg describes this lock as being part of "a small box with three locks of hair..." which was one of the prized possessions of the collector. One of these locks had been taken from Lincoln's head shortly after his assassination. The second was clipped from his head when his tomb was later reopened, and the third was the hair of Lincoln's beloved son Willie. This is perhaps the most substantial lock of Lincoln hair extant. We'd estimate there are fifty strands or more measuring 3" in length. It is accompanied by a typed note signed by a former owner, Lincoln scholar R. Gerald McMurtry, dated December 13, 1966, that was found inside the gutta percha case. It reads: "Abraham Lincoln's hair taken from his head after death. From the Oliver R. Barrett Lincoln Collection." We also include a copy of a two-page notarized statement by McMurtry detailing its provenance up until the time he acquired it in 1966, plus a copy of the auction page from the C. W. Loud Sale of 1966, annotated by McMurtry, where the hair is listed as lot L-14. Last sold by us in 2007 (lot 25021, sale #659).

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    Auction Dates
    May, 2015
    18th Monday
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