Lock of hair from Thomas Jefferson sold at auction in Texas for a massive 6,875 US dollars

Updated On 15 May, 2016 Published On

A lock of hair from American establishing father Thomas Jefferson has sold at closeout in Texas for $6,875, about 190 years after the previous president's death. 

Legacy Auctions in Dallas said Saturday's deal included 14 strands that were cut by Jefferson's own doctor at the season of the statesman's passing on July 4, 1826. 

A Heritage Auctions proclamation says the pre-closeout gauge for the hair was $3,000. 

Organization representative Eric Bradley says the purchaser wished to stay unknown. 

The merchant was collector William F Northrop, who obtained the lock in the mid-1980s from a signature researcher. 

The documentation incorporates a letter affirming the lock as a major aspect of a set number of Jefferson's hair tests known not.

'We can’t find a record of a lock of Thomas Jefferson’s hair ever being sold at auction in recent times. It might be difficult for our society to understand, but at the time, sharing locks of hair was a very common practice in the 18th and 19th centuries. 

'This was long before the advent of photography so a lock of hair kept the person close to their loved ones’ hearts.'  said Don Ackerman, the Consignment Director at Heritage Auctions.