A lock of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s hair, contained in a 19th-century gilt locket, will be offered at Sotheby’s auction in London on 28 May 2015, with an estimate of £10,000 – 12,000. The strands of hair were given by Mozart’s widow, Constanze, to the mother of the German-born conductor Karl Anschütz (1813-1870). It then passed into the collection of one of the most successful English song-composers of all time, Arthur Sommervell (1863-1937) whose direct descendent owns the item today. Locks of hair were frequently taken as keepsakes from the cadavers of recently deceased composers. The same auction will also feature a printed invitation to Beethoven’s funeral, together with a small lock of his white hair (est. £2,000 – 3,000). Testament to this tradition, Gerhard von Breuning, the son of Beethoven’s lifelong friend, recalled that when he visited the composer to pay his last

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