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George Washington's 'illustrious' hair goes up for auction

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A lock of hair from founding father George Washington is set to go up for auction next month and experts believe it could fetch a pretty penny.

The strands of hair from America's first president were attached for nearly 150 years to an autographed note signed by former Secretary of State James A. Hamilton, Alexander Hamilton's third son, according to Lelands Auctions, the auction house that is selling the lot. Speaking with Fox News, Leland's founder, Josh Evans, said the lock of hair could sell for "at least $10,000."

Dated March 20, 1870, the note from Hamilton to Eleanor Collins of Nevis, Dobbs Ferry, includes a “lock of the Illustrious Washington […] as a mark of my respect and regard for you.” The strands measure 5.31 inches and are gathered with string, attached to a card with a wax seal.

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