A lock of hair believed to have been taken from Napoleon Bonaparte in 1815, during his exile on the island of Elba, sold for $9,200 in an auction.

The circularly framed lock of hair inside a blue case was purchased Tuesday by a private American collector, said Vredy Lytsman, a spokeswoman for the Christie's auction house. The presale estimate for the hair was $2,000 to $3,000.The lock was one of 300 Napoleon items for sale at the auction, which earned more than $1.2 million for the Western Reserve Historical Society in Cleveland.