Ludwig van Beethoven is widely regarded for his musical compositions, but he’s also known for his signature gray waves.
And you could soon be the proud owner of a lock of the legendary German composer’s hair.
The lock of hair, which Sotheby’s says is “indisputably human,” is secured with a silk thread and comes in a 19th-century glazed oval frame.
Snipping off a few strands of hair to give to someone was not an unusual practice during the 18th and 19th centuries.
Halm had asked a mutual friend, violinist Karl Holz, to retrieve Beethoven’s hair. But Holz came back with some goat hair instead.
The lock of hair is secured with a silk thread and comes in a 19th-century frame. Credit: Sotheby’s
When Beethoven learned of this, he chopped off some of his luscious locks and gave them to Halm himself. The strands were kept in the Halm family for years and eventually given to a pupil of Halm, a pianist and composer who met Beethoven in 1815 and played for him frequently, Sotheby’s said.
This isn’t the first time Beethoven’s hair has been up for sale.
That lock of hair was cut the day Beethoven died in 1827.