Lock of Lincoln's hair among items auctioned in Dallas

A collection of Abraham Lincoln memorabilia that includes a lock of the slain president's hair has been sold for more than USD 800,000 at auction on Sunday in Dallas.

PTI| Updated: Jan 25, 2015, 23:54 PM IST

Dallas: A collection of Abraham Lincoln memorabilia that includes a lock of the slain president's hair has been sold for more than USD 800,000 at auction on Sunday in Dallas.

The Donald P Dow collection brought top bids totaling USD 803,889, doubling expectations, said Eric Bradley, spokesman for Dallas-based Heritage Auctions.

Greg Dow said his father, who died five years ago, was fascinated with presidential assassinations.

The lock of hair, taken by Surgeon General Joseph K Barnes shortly after Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth, sold for USD 25,000.

An 1861 letter written by Booth to a friend boasting about his career and value as an actor sold for USD 30,000.

"The public was so disgusted by Booth's atrocity that most all letters, signatures and documents mentioning him were destroyed after Lincoln's death, making any that survive 150 years later exceedingly rare and valuable," said Don Ackerman, Consignment Director for Historical Americana at Heritage Auctions.

"The Dow Collection gave us a unique perspective of the assassination and I doubt we'll ever see a grouping like this outside of a museum setting."