Stephen: A lock of Beethoven’s hair will sell at auction

Legendary auction house Sotheby’s has announced plans to auction off a lock of hair belonging to composer Ludwig van Beethoven on Tuesday. According to UPI, high bids ranging from $15,000 to $19,000 are expected for the composer’s lock. The hair, which lies encased in an oval glazed frame tied with a ribbon, hails from the 19th century when the composer gave it to a contemporary, Anton Halm, for his wife. Halm had already procured another lock of hair, which Beethoven claimed actually belonged to a goat. He gave Halm a real lock of his hair to replace the fake strands. Sotheby’s defends their hair sample as “indisputably human.”

 

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