Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Locks of hair belonging to Mozart and Beethoven are expected to fetch at least €17,000 when they go under the auctioneer’s hammer at Sotheby’s tomorrow.

The lock of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s hair has been estimated €14,000 by the auction house, while a small lock of Ludwig van Beethoven could reach € 3,000 in a separate lot which also includes a printed invitation to the composer’s funeral.

Contained in a gold locket, Mozart’s curl passed from his widow Contanze to the German conductor Karl Anschutz, before it was given to the English composer Arthur Sommervell, whose descendent now sell it.

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