A lock of hair that experts say came from Lt.-Col. George Armstrong Custer was sold at auction Saturday for $12,500.
(Heritage Auctions via AP)
Think of them as parts of the history.”
An auction house sold what it deemed a “substantial” part of Lt.-Col. George Armstrong Custer’s hair in the weekend.
The blonde finally went for $12,500 at auction on Saturday.
A lock of General George Custer with the golden mane sells at auction for $12,500 https://t.co/viUMpzafYb pic.twitter.com/Ge2D2gXh8Y
— New York Post (@nypost) June 10, 2018
Custer was killed at the Battle of Little Bighorn in 1876, and his troops were quickly overwhelmed in what became known as Custer’s Last Stand.
Heritage Auctions online said that there are more than fifty hairs in the hope – and that is every two to three inches long.
The slot, the said, came from the collection of Glen Swanson, who spent decades collecting artifacts related to the Battle of the Little Bighorn.
Swanson said in a document that he was given the opportunity to examine Custer’s uniform and sword, the latter of which he said was placed in a case.
“The sword and uniform were captured by the Confederate troops at the battle of Trevellian Station in June 1864,” he wrote.
“He wrote to Libbie about his loss,” Swanson added. “Libbie, his wife, he asked, except his hair when he went to the barber and send them to her as she was making a wig out of. Inside the case is the evidence that he did so. A large envelope with her had been found, ready to send.”
Swanson wrote that he gave permission to a number of of the hair.
History.com described Custer’s Last Stand as “the most decisive Native American victory and the worst U.S. Army defeat in the long Plains Indian War.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.