A piece of music history is up for grabs. More like a piece of a musician’s history. A lock of hair belonging to Ludwig van Beethoven goes up for auction Tuesday.
The hair was snipped off by the German composer himself nearly two hundred years ago. Beethoven gave the brown and grey strands to his friend, pianist Anton Halm, in 1826. Snipping off locks to give to someone was not an unusual practice during the 18th and 19th centuries.
The hair is part of Sotheby’s important manuscripts, continental books, and music sale. It’s expected to fetch between $15,000 – $19,000.
This isn’t the first time Beethoven’s hair has been up for sale. Sotheby’s auctioned off another lock in 1994. That lock of hair was cut the day Beethoven died in 1827.
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