But what small piece do I mean exactly…?
Well, I’m talking about hair. And its not as weird as you may be thinking….
Hair collecting was hugely popular in the Victorian era, in fact, it wasn’t uncommon for popular figures to hand over locks of their hair instead of autographs.
Harry Rubenstein, a curator at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History said ““more so than an autograph, it was a sign of affection”.”
More and more collectors are beginning to appreciate that a strand of hair is one of the most personal items that can be added to a collection of historical memorabilia.
In fact historians have used hair from collectors to determine that Thomas Jefferson fathered a child with one of his slaves, and that Beethoven suffered from lead poisoning.
In recent years locks from Babe Ruth have sold for $38,000 at auction, John Lennon for $48,000, Elvis Presley for $115,000 and Che Guevara for $119,500. A single Elvis hair sold for $1,750 at a British auction in 2009.
Have a look at ASmallPieceOfHistory.com for a collection of historical hair, with prices starting from just £49.99.