Beatle John Lennon’s hair sold for £24,000

I love these kind of auctions.  This may be the best kind of memorabilia.  I mean how often do you get a memorabilia auction that has the potential to hold DNA?  Not too often.  Yes, yes you can obtain autographs and handwritten lyrics, but you cannot conduct a drug test on an autograph.

Yes, I’m being cheeky, but I am fascinated with obtaining a lock of Beatle hair.  I mean you really could, once its possible, hypothetically, clone John Lennon with these locks of hair.  You could grow your own Beatle and conquer the world all over again.

The Sale of the Lock

Here’s what we’ve read.

An unknown bidder has bought a lock of John Lennon’s hair for £24,000.

Hairdresser’s floor sweepings go for £24,000 at auction.  The severed tress was part of a collection of Beatles memorabilia owned by the Fab Four’s former hairdresser Betty Glasgow which went on sale at the Gorringes auction house in Worthing, West Sussex.

The lock, which was kept in a copy of Lennon’s 1965 book A Spaniard In The Works, was accompanied by a hand-written note from the Beatle saying “To Betty, lots of love and hair, from John Lennon xx.”

Mrs Glasgow, who has recently retired, was responsible for maintaining the iconic mop-top look of the four musicians during filming of A Hard Day’s Night and Help in the 1960s.

The lot had a guide price of two to three thousand pounds, but bidding skyrocketed unexpectedly.

Francesca Collin, of Gorringes, said: “It is astonishing that there is still so much interest in the Beatles and the sale goes to prove that John Lennon is still an icon.

“To have some of Lennon’s hair along with a signed note from him really does give it fantastic provenance and authenticity.

“Collections of this kind are rare and the hair in particular is a real one-off for Beatles collectors. Betty kept their moptops in trim and over time they became quite attached to her.”

Mrs Glasgow, now in her seventies, has revealed some secrets about the pop legends’ hair care regimes. It is now known, for example, that George Harrison was a martyr to his dry scalp.

As well as Lennon’s hair, Mrs Glasgow’s collection included a signed photo from the dandruff-plagued Harrison, which went for £6,500, and others by the rest of the band.

Away from the Beatles, there were signed photos and messages gleaned from a career on set which stretches back to the 1950s from stars such as Michael Caine, Peter Ustinov and Steve McQueen.

Source: UK Telegraph


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