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A Lock of John Lennon’s Hair Sells for $35,000

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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.”

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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