Ludwig van Beethoven

British auction house Sotheby’s has sold a substantial lock of Ludwig van Beethoven’s hair that the German composer himself cut off and gave to a pianist friend in 1826. The lock was expected to fetch up to 15,000 pounds (€16,800) but it ended up selling for more than the double, £35,000 (€39,100).

The lock initially belonged to the pianist Anton Halm who later gave it to a pupil, Julius Epstein, who was professor of piano at the Vienna Conservatory.

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