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Saturday, October 3, 1998 Published at 20:44 GMT 21:44 UK


World: Europe

Lock of guillotined French king's hair sold in auction


A lock of hair from the head of Louis XVI, the king who was guillotined during the French Revolution, has been sold in auction for more than $5,000.

The lock was rescued by a drummer who was present at Louis' execution in Paris in 1793.

It was subsequently encased in a period frame embossed with the royalist crest of the fleur-de-lys. An unnamed collector bought the relic at Saturday's sale in the city of Grenoble.

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