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Tudor hair is 'brought back home'
The lock of hair
The lock of hair is thought to be about 500 years old
An almost 500-year-old lock of hair thought to have come from one of Henry VIII's wives has sold for 2,160.

Its buyer, Charles Hudson, lives on the Wyke Manor estate in Worcestershire, which he said was once home to the hair's original owner, Catherine Parr.

The blonde hair, which is mounted in an oval frame, sold for almost 15 times the estimated price of 150.

Mr Hudson, 56, said he was "pleased to be able to bring it home". Catherine Parr outlived her Royal husband.

He added that Wyke Manor had been given to Catherine, Henry's sixth wife, as a present from her husband.

Mr Hudson said that after Catherine died, the estate passed to Anthony Babington, who was later executed for treason after plotting to kill Queen Elizabeth I.

The property then passed to Sir Walter Raleigh, who was also executed.

'Happy ending'

Mr Hudson's family have lived in the estate since the mid-18th Century.

He said: "It was rather touching to be able to buy the hair and bring some part of her back to a place where she had happier times.

"It's nearly 500 years old, which is really quite terrific."

Auction house Bonhams in central London held the sale.

Spokeswoman Charlotte Wood said the authenticity of the hair had been checked and they believed it had belonged to Catherine Parr, even though it had not had a DNA test.

She added: "It's such a happy ending to the story that the lock of hair will return to her old estate, which is obviously steeped in history."

Parr married Henry VIII in 1543 aged 31, and remained with him until his death in 1547.

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