According to the "Cajun Pawn Stars" (Mon., 9 p.m. EST on History) there are collectors out there who pay big bucks for hair from famous historical figures. Jimmie DeRamus said he has hair from celebrities including Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, and both President and Mrs. Kennedy.
Imagine his excitement, then, when he was approached by a man with "the most documented" framed lock of hair taken from President Abraham Lincoln after he was shot.
The paperwork certified its gruesome history as "ten strands of hair from the lock that was removed to access the fatal wound," and was signed by Charles Taft, one of Lincoln's attending surgeons.
A large lock of hair from Lincoln had previously been appraised at a whopping $500,000, so if authentic, this could be worth a fortune. But this one was considerably smaller, and its owner started the bargaining at $5,000. After some haggling, Jimmie was able to buy the lock of Lincoln's hair for only $1,250. It looks like the "Cajun Pawn Stars" made out pretty well on this one.
The "Cajun Pawn Stars" unveil more finds on Mondays at 9 p.m. EST on History.
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