Vocabulary: auction (v+n), bidder (n), to shoot dead (v), surgeon (n), memorabilia (n).
Some of Abraham Lincoln’s hair was sold at an auction this weekend. The winning bidder paid $25,000 for it.
Lincoln was the President of the United States when he was shot dead in 1865 by John Wilkes Booth.
The hair that was auctioned was removed from Lincoln’s head after he was shot by a surgeon called Joseph Barnes. The hair, and many other pieces of Lincoln memorabilia, belonged to a private collection in Texas.
Other items in the collection were also sold. They included letters written by Lincoln and Booth.
It is not known who bought Lincoln’s hair or why.