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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 collectible is going up for auction on Tuesday, with its worth estimated at between about $15,000 and $19,000. The hair is part of Sotheby's Important Manuscripts, Continental Books and Music sale. 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. THE BACKSTORY. Snipping off a few strands of hair to give to someone was not an unusual practice during the 18th and 19th centuries. However, when... Full story

9 June