Mozart’s hair and invitation to Beethoven’s funeral up for sale at London auction

The lock of hair from the classical composer has been valued at £12,000

A lock of hair allegedly belonging to composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is expected to fetch up to £12,000 at auction in London this week.

Mozart who is one of the most celebrated and cherished composers of all time, died at the age of 35 in 1791. The strand of fair hair is placed within a gold locket and is wrapped around a note verifying the owner of the hair strand. This particular curl of hair was handed down through generations of several musicians. This kind of relic, mounted upon jewellery, was very common.

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The lock is up for auction at Sotheby’s auction house, alongside an even smaller lock of this composer’s hair, estimated to fetch up to £3,000, as reported by The Guardian.

In 2002, the Sotheby sale received £38,000 for a lock of Mozart’s hair, which was a record in itself and doubled the pre-sale estimate. This lock of hair once belonged to the composer’s widow, Constanze, and she gave gifted it to the mother of German conductor, Karl Anschütz, and he then gave it to the musician Sir Arthur Somervell during his time in England. Somervell died in 1937, and this lock of hair has remained in his family until now.

An invitation to fellow composer Ludwig van Beethoven‘s funeral is also up for sale at the auction. The music and manuscripts begins at Sotherby’s on Thursday (May 28), with both the Mozart and Beethoven memorabilia on public display until Wednesday (May 27).