(CNN)A lock of President Abraham Lincoln's hair and a telegram smeared with his blood sold for more than $81,000 at auction.
Abraham Lincoln's lock of hair sells for more than $81,000 at auction
The historic items sold at an auction that ended Saturday, according to Boston-based RR Auction. The buyer has chosen to remain anonymous, a spokesman for the auction house said.
A 2-inch lock of the president's hair was clipped during a postmortem examination a day after he was assassinated at Ford's Theatre in Washington, DC by John Wilkes Booth on April 14, 1865.
The hair was given to Dr. Lyman Beecher Todd, a cousin of first lady Mary Todd Lincoln, according to the auction house.
Having nothing to wrap the lock of hair with, Todd reached into his pocket and used a War Department telegram sent soon after the president was shot.
"He wrapped the lock, stained with blood or brain fluid, in this telegram and hastily wrote on it in pencil: 'Hair of A. Lincoln,'" Todd's son wrote in a caption.
Todd's son, James A. Todd, outlined the details of the hair and the telegram in a letter dated February 12, 1945.
"The lock of Abraham Lincoln's hair ... was cut from his head and given to my father during the performance of the postmortem and has remained entirely in the custody of our family since that time," Todd's son wrote in the 1945 letter.