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4 Hairs for $17,000!

March 1st, 2008 · 5 Comments

It probably is not even really George Washington’s hair – but it still sold for $17,000.  Four strands reportedly clipped from the first president were sold at auction Friday night to a Richmond man who declined to give his name. Colorado resident Christa Allen said her father, a Philadelphia lawyer, had given her the hair, which was pressed under glass in a locket and accompanied by a watch.

Allen told potential buyers that the hair had been handed down since it was clipped from Washington’s head. The Historical Society of Montgomery County, Pa., inspected Allen’s evidence and gave her its backing.

Jamie Bates, owner of Thompson & Riley, which auctioned the hair, had hoped it would bring at least $75,000.  “I’ve never sold George Washington’s hair before; I don’t know,” Bates said before the auction.  The hair is believed to have been snipped from Washington when he was briefly disinterred in 1837.  I wonder if they can do a DNA test on it?

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 PS3 // Mar 22, 2008 at 3:55 am

    Haha lucky guy! Watch them not even be his hairs.

  • 2 Gabe // Oct 21, 2008 at 6:30 pm

    lol What if they were pubes!

  • 3 Salina // Nov 24, 2008 at 3:47 am

    I bet they’re not his hairs either and who the hell wants to blow 17,000 on a couple of hairs anyway?

  • 4 Remi // Dec 12, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    They wasnt his hair……………….they was mines! LOL

  • 5 Miguel // Jul 6, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    I could use $17,000.00 for something more important. Did the hair come with a steering wheel?