Lock of Emperor's Hair Sells for $18K

But that's only half the price of Bieber's

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 26, 2013 5:56 PM CDT

(Newser) – A lock of hair from an Austro-Hungarian emperor who ruled in Europe more than a century ago fetched about $18,000 at auction in Vienna yesterday—about 20 times the estimated price, reports the AP. An Austrian restaurateur bought the white lock once belonging to Franz Josef, whose reign from 1848 to 1916 made him one of Europe's longest-serving monarchs, reports the BBC. It's an impressive price, but the BBC also notes that Justin Bieber's hair sold for charity on eBay in 2011 for about $38,000.

A lock of hair from Austrian Emperor Franz Josef, pictured in background  on display, at an auction house  in Vienna.
A lock of hair from Austrian Emperor Franz Josef, pictured in background on display, at an auction house in Vienna.   (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)
A lock of hair from Austrian Emperor Franz Josef.
A lock of hair from Austrian Emperor Franz Josef.   (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)
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