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    Abraham Lincoln: Substantial Lock of Hair with Noted Pedigree. Upon his death, a number of locks of the Martyred President's hair were removed as keepsakes. These were carefully preserved, typically with some label or inscription detailing their provenance. We are offering a rather substantial lock of Lincoln's hair. It is housed in an embossed leather sixth-plate photographic case, opposite an albumen portrait of Lincoln. The lock is approximate 3" long and ranges in width from 1/2" to 1/8". A small black bow has been added. The spine of the case has been repaired with black tape. The provenance is rather impressive. It was first sold in the Oliver Barrett Sale at Parke-Bernet Galleries on February 19, 1950. It was listed as lot 155 ("Small box with three locks of hair, inscribed: 'No. 1. Willie Lincoln's hair. No. 2. Abraham Lincoln's hair taken from his head after death. No. 3. Abraham Lincoln's hair clipped from his head at the tomb.") The purchaser of this lot was Glenn Blodgett. Upon his death in 1966, his widow sold the three locks to auctioneer C. W. Loud who sold them as lot L-14 in his November 27, 1966 Springfield sale. The lot was purchased by James T. Hickey, curator of the Lincoln Collection at the Illinois State Historical Library, and R. Gerald McMurtry, director of the Lincoln National Life Foundation. The three locks were split into two equal portions among the two owners. McMurtry took his half of lock No. 3 and assembled the presentation we currently offer. Prior to 1977, it was sold at auction to noted collectors Elsie and Phillip D. Sang. Ownership then passed to their granddaughter Irene N. Sang. It next was offered in Sotheby's June 18, 2002 auction where it appeared as lot #244A. The purchaser at that time is the current consignor. The lot includes copies of the Barrett, Loud and Sotheby catalog entries, photocopies of the Barrett offering (interior of box, locks of hair and inscription on the box lid), signed letters of provenance from McMurtry and Irene Sang and ancillary research material.

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    Auction Dates
    May, 2012
    12th Saturday
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