Bidders in London will go head-to-head later today to buy a few strands of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s hair.

Strands of hair belonging to Mozart go for auction at Sotheby's later today

Strands of hair belonging to Mozart go for auction at Sotheby’s later today Image by iClassical Com / CC BY 2.0

Sotheby’s expect the rarity of their headline lot could fetch as much as £10,000 for the 18th century composer’s blond locks.

A few of Beethoven's grey hairs will also be up for sale

A few of Beethoven’s grey hairs will also be up for sale Image by Royal Opera House Covent Garden / CC BY 2.0

Not to be outdone, that other great composer, Ludwig van Beethoven will also be a runner in the headline stakes, but his grey strands are expected to go for between £2,000-£3,000.

Livescience reports that these strange artefacts will go under the hammer as part of a ‘Music, Continental and Russian Books and Manuscripts’ auction at Sotheby’s.

Mozart’s strands of hair will be offered inside a gilt locket which will also explain why the musician’s tresses were entered with the jewellery.

It is believed that the Beethoven hair strands were probably cut from his scalp around the time of his death. They are likely to be offered as a lot together with an invitation card to the composer’s funeral.

Previously, Beethoven has had other strands of his hair sold at Sotheby’s London rooms in 1994. The buyers then were members of the American Beethoven Society and paid £3,600 for the prize. There are strands of his hair around the world, including lots in Washington DC, Bonn Germany and the British Library in London.

There will also be handwritten musical scores up for sale together with original letters from some of the great authors, musicians and artists from 300 years ago.

For instance a signed letter from the Russian composer Tchaikovsky to his London publishers is part of the lot on sale while fans of Sigmund Freud will find one of his correspondences to Austrian writer Stefan Zweig.