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MoneyBeethoven's Hair Fetches a Whopping $45,000 at Auction

11:10  14 june  2019
11:10  14 june  2019 Source:   insideedition.com

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Beethoven reportedly lopped a significant bit of hair from the back of his own head and wrapped it in a piece of paper. If you've been looking to snag a lock of Ludwig van Beethoven ' s hair , well, it's just been sold for a whopping $ 45 , 000 . Sotheby's put the German composer' s hair up for auction in

It may not compare to Ludwig van Beethoven ' s , which just fetched about $ 45 , 000 at a Sotheby's auction in London. The German composer originally chopped off a piece of his hair and handed it to a fellow musician, as a gift for his wife. As InsideEdition.com's Stephanie Officer reports

Beethoven's Hair Fetches a Whopping $45,000 at Auction © Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Beethoven reportedly lopped a significant bit of hair from the back of his own head and wrapped it in a piece of paper. If you've been looking to snag a lock of Ludwig van Beethoven's hair, well, it's just been sold for a whopping $45,000 ($AUD 65,000).

Sotheby's put the German composer's hair up for auction in London on Tuesday, expecting it to go for only $15,000.

So where did the luscious lock come from?

Simon Maguire is the director of books and scripts at Sotheby’s, and he said an Austrian pianist named Anton Halm asked Beethoven for some of his hair as a gift to his wife.

Legend has it, one of Beethoven's servants snipped the hair from a goat instead.

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British auction house Sotheby's plans to sell on Tuesday what it says is a "substantial" lock of Ludwig van Beethoven ' s hair that the German. The lock is expected to fetch up to 15, 000 pounds (, 000 ) but the director of books and manuscripts at Sotheby's, Simon Maguire, said it could end up selling for

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 200 years ago. The hair is part of Sotheby' s important manuscripts, continental books and music sale. It' s expected to fetch between , 000 and , 000 .

"Beethoven was outraged because he knew that this hair wasn't from him. And he said, ‘You know, look what terrible people I've been surrounded with. One should be ashamed to consult with these sort of people. You've been tricked. This is not my hair, it's the hair of a goat,’" Maguire told Reuters.

Beethoven reportedly lopped a significant bit of hair from the back of his own head, wrapped it in a piece of paper and handed it over to Halm. The hair wound up in the possession of Julius Epstien, one of Halm’s students.

"And he said, ‘This one at least you can be sure is genuine,'" Maguire added.

Scientific tests confirm that the lock came from the same period as another lock of the composer's hair that was taken on his deathbed and sold about 20 years ago.

Beethoven's Hair Fetches a Whopping $45,000 at Auction

Beethoven's Hair Fetches a Whopping $45,000 at Auction Beethoven reportedly lopped a significant bit of hair from the back of his own head and wrapped it in a piece of paper. If you've been looking to snag a lock of Ludwig van Beethoven's hair, well, it's just been sold for a whopping $45,000. Sotheby's put the German composer's hair up for auction in London on Tuesday, expecting it to go for only $15,000. So where did the luscious lock come from? Simon Maguire is the director of books and scripts at Sotheby’s, and he said an Austrian pianist named Anton Halm asked Beethoven for some of his hair as a gift to his wife.

A lock of Beethoven ’ s hair has sold for more than , 000 at an auction in the United Kingdom. The famous composer, not to be confused with the St A snip of Justin Bieber’s famous bowl-cut sold at a charity auction for , 000 in 2011 and the king of rock and roll Elvis Preseley’s sold for a whopping

Before he got a certifiable Beethoven hair in his hot little hands, Halm was duped by violinist Karl Holz. Beethoven ’ s wild hair is an iconic part of his appearance so it’s little wonder it sparked wide interest and garnered so high a sum yesterday at Sotheby’s.

This is not the first time the auction house has sold pieces of a mane. Sotheby's also auctioned locks from Lord Nelson, Chopin and Mozart.

If you think this is an odd gift, locks of hair used to be considered a popular collectors' item.

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Beethoven's Hair Fetches a Whopping $45,000 at Auction
Beethoven's Hair Fetches a Whopping $45,000 at Auction
Beethoven's Hair Fetches a Whopping $45,000 at Auction
Beethoven's Hair Fetches a Whopping $45,000 at Auction
Beethoven's Hair Fetches a Whopping $45,000 at Auction
Beethoven's Hair Fetches a Whopping $45,000 at Auction
Beethoven's Hair Fetches a Whopping $45,000 at Auction
Beethoven's Hair Fetches a Whopping $45,000 at Auction
Beethoven's Hair Fetches a Whopping $45,000 at Auction
Beethoven's Hair Fetches a Whopping $45,000 at Auction
Beethoven's Hair Fetches a Whopping $45,000 at Auction
Beethoven's Hair Fetches a Whopping $45,000 at Auction
Beethoven's Hair Fetches a Whopping $45,000 at Auction
Beethoven's Hair Fetches a Whopping $45,000 at Auction
Beethoven's Hair Fetches a Whopping $45,000 at Auction
Beethoven's Hair Fetches a Whopping $45,000 at Auction
Beethoven's Hair Fetches a Whopping $45,000 at Auction
Beethoven's Hair Fetches a Whopping $45,000 at Auction
Beethoven's Hair Fetches a Whopping $45,000 at Auction
Beethoven's Hair Fetches a Whopping $45,000 at Auction
Beethoven's Hair Fetches a Whopping $45,000 at Auction
Beethoven's Hair Fetches a Whopping $45,000 at Auction
Beethoven's Hair Fetches a Whopping $45,000 at Auction
Beethoven's Hair Fetches a Whopping $45,000 at Auction
Beethoven's Hair Fetches a Whopping $45,000 at Auction
Beethoven's Hair Fetches a Whopping $45,000 at Auction

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