Absurd Auction Items That Fetched Millions
Elvis Presley’s Hair, $115,000
The King of Rock and Roll died in 1977, but it wasn’t until 2002 that a truly bizarre item was put up for auction: not his iconic white suit, not a guitar, not an autographed record, but a handful of Elvis Presley’s famous hair! The King’s elaborate pompadour certainly enthralled fans over the course of his world-shaking musical career and every Elvis impersonator is careful to comb their hair into the same distinctive swoosh.
It turns out that Elvis Presley’s barber, Homer “Gill” Gilleland, had secreted a vial containing clippings from the musician’s hair. The hair was put up for auction by MastroNet, an internet auction company known for their rather morbid auctions of celebrity paraphernalia. Elvis’ distinctive locks were collected for $115,000 making it the most expensive lock of celebrity hair ever sold—beating out samples of hair that belonged to John F. Kennedy, Beethoven, John Lennon, Charles Manson, and Neil Armstrong. The leading contender was John Lennon, a fellow musical star, but his hair sold for only $48,000—less than half of the amount that the King collected on the auction block. Quite a chunk of change for a chunk of hair!
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