Lock of George Washington's hair auctions for more than $35K
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A lock of hair purportedly from George Washington has fetched more than $35,000 at auction.

The hair from America’s first president was attached to an 1870 letter signed by former Secretary of State James Alexander Hamilton, according to Lelands Auctions, which sold the founding father’s follicles.


The wax-sealed note from Hamilton — the third son of Alexander Hamilton — said the hair from Washington was included as a mark of the “respect and regard” its sender had for the woman receiving it.

The New York Times wrote last year that during Washington’s time “it was not unusual to request a lock of hair from a loved one or friend or even a highly regarded public figure.”

Bidding on the strands of hair started at $2,500, before they were sold last week for $35,764.