I always find it interesting when historic things end up being for sale. The price is always outrageous, but it’s just interesting to think that people saved these items. The two latest ones are strange. The French Quarter antique gallery is asking $795,000 for the binoculars that….Dudley Moore used to spy on Bo Derek in the movie “10.” Okay, okay, I’m joshing. It’s for the binoculars that Abraham Lincoln was using at Ford’s Theatre on the night he was assassinated (side note for the young folks: the Ford Theatre has nothing to do with Dr. Ford).
The opera glasses were previously owned by the Forbes family (yeah, that family). They purchased them for $24,000 back in the late ‘70s. They were apparently picked up by Capt. James McCamly, a military officer, who then passed them down to descendants.
They were last sold by Christies in 2002, for the whopping price of $424,000.
Anyway, if that is a bit too morbid (or expensive) for ya, here’s another story. At the Fort Ticonderoga museum in New York, you can see locks of hair from Revolutionary War general, then traitor, Benedict Arnold and his wife Margaret. His hair was recently rediscovered in the museum’s collections and had been preserved by the family. This site obtained the hair in the ‘50s. I’ve written before about how hundreds of years ago, saving a lock of a deceased family member’s hair, or famous people including a lock of hair in a letter, was a common practice.
Arnold helped capture Fort Ticonderoga from the British during the opening weeks of the Revolutionary War. As of now, the hair isn’t for sale.