Lock of Custer's hair sells for $12K

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A lock of hair believed to have come from Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer was sold for $12,500 Saturday at auction, reports The Associated Press.

A lock of hair believed to have come from Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer was sold for $12,500 Saturday at auction, reports The Associated Press.

The officer, who died at the Battle of Little Bighorn and was known for his blonde locks, reportedly sent the hair to his wife Elizabeth in 1864 after his camp was overrun during the Civil War Battle of Trevilian Station. Elizabeth had asked the general to get a haircut and send her a piece of the discarded hair.

Heritage Auctions said the lock came from Glen Swanson, a man who says he's spent 40 years amassing artifacts related to the Battle of Little Bighorn. A spokesman for the auction house says the hair was sold for more than six times the pre-auction estimate of $2,000.

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