Salzburg buys a lock of Mozart’s hair

Salzburg buys a lock of Mozart’s hair


norman lebrecht

December 12, 2019

With a piety worthy of the Vatican, the Salzburg Mozarteum has announced the acquisition of a certified lock of Mozart’s saintly hair, among a collection of Mozart family artefacts.

(So he didn’t go bald, then.)

The collection was bought from descendants of Carl Wilhelm Doell, an engraver of coins and medals in Karlsruhe.


  • urania says:

    I am sure there is some hair from Richard Wagner around as well, we could finish once for all the proplem ‘Isolde Beidler’.

  • Calvin says:

    The effort to solicit funds for this acquisition was hair raising.

  • pageturner says:

    Waiting for the BeethovenHaus in Bonn to excavate Ludwig’s balls next…. jeez

  • Sue Sonata Form says:

    Reminds me of walking into the Cologne Cathedral – and other Catholic icons – and finding housed there so-called ‘relics’ of the crucifixion.

    Mozart’s legacy is his music; all the rest is de-composition!

  • Dan D. says:

    So I guess the rest of him is still de-composing…

  • Nijinsky says:

    I didn’t know that Beethoven’s corpse was plucked bald thanks to this macabre habit.

    Interesting form of Voodoo.

    Not that I can characterize or stereotype the entire inhabitants of a city, but it doesn’t really prove that would what’s already history repeat itself, that thanks to the “powers that be,” it would be any different much. It rather points to the opposite, explaining the quotation marks.

  • Greg Bottini says:

    Hair today, gone tomorrow….