A Lock of John Lennon’s Hair Sells for $35,000
A four-inch lock of hair that once sat upon the head of John Lennon has been sold at an auction. The winning bid, made by a U.K.-based memorabilia dealer named Paul Fraser, was $35,000.
It had last existed as a functioning piece of hair in September 1966, when it was cut in preparation for Lennon’s role in How I Won the War, in which he played Musketeer Gripweed. Heritage Auctions, who facilitated the sale, says that it had been trimmed by Klaus Baruck, a hairdresser in Hamburg, Germany. Included with the lock were two articles from the German newspaper Bild chronicling the moment Lennon lost his moptop. Underneath a picture of Lennon “with a pained look on his face” is a caption that, when translated, reads, “The historic moment: John Lennon is deprived of his hair. The first look in the mirror says it all.”
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It’s believed to be the longest segment of Lennon’s hair that has ever gone up for sale. But others have fetched a higher price. According to NME, a small bit of his hair that had been owned by the Beatles‘ former stylist — along with an inscription that read, “To Betty, Lots of Love and Hair, John Lennon xx” — sold for $48,000 in 2007.
Also included in the auction was a sealed copy of the Beatles’ infamous “butcher cover” of the 1966 U.S.-only LP Yesterday and Today. It had been previously owned by the president of the Sacramento, Calif, chapter of the Beatles fan club, and had a letter from Capitol Records saying that the label was withdrawing the album due to the cover. It sold for $125,000.
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