Alexander Historical Auctions LLC

Lot 155

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A small lock of Abraham Lincoln's hair, tastefully matted with several chips of wood from the gallows upon which his assassins and their fellow conspirators were hanged on July 7, 1865. The hair was obtained from a larger lock given by Mrs. Lincoln to Mrs. Caroline Wright, the wife of former Indiana Gov. Joseph Wright, sold at Christie's in 1992. The gallows relic was obtained by a guard at the hanging who removed a large section of wood immediately after the proceedings, just as souvenir hunters descended upon the scene. The relics are triple-matted in gold, white and red felt with images of Lincoln, the conspirators just after they were hanged, and a printed description. Provenance for both relics accompanies.

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March 30, 2011 11:00 AM EDT

Stamford, CT, US

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