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Lock Of John Lennon's Hair Saved By Hairdresser Sells For Thousands

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 21/02/2016 Lee Moran
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A lock of John Lennon's hair has sold for a record $35,000.

Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas, sold the 4 inch tuft to UK-based memorabilia buyer Paul Fraser on Saturday. He plans to return it to England.

"This is the largest lock of John Lennon's hair ever offered at auction," said Garry Shrum, Director of Music Memorabilia at Heritage, in a press release.

"And this world record price is a lasting testament to the world's more than 50-year love affair and fascination with Lennon and The Beatles."

The hair, pictured above, was reportedly clipped and saved by hairdresser Klaus Baruck in Hamburg, Germany, in 1966.

He was trimming the star's hair in preparation for his upcoming role as Private Gripweed in Richard Lester's dark comedy movie "How I Won The War" -- which detailed a fictional British army troop's misadventures during the Second World War.

"Baruck was so excited about the opportunity to transform Lennon's famous Beatles mop top that he called the local newspaper to record the event," Heritage Auctions spokesman Eric Bradely told CNN.

The lock was sold alongside the newspaper clippings covering the historic mop chop.

A photo of Baruck holding the hair in his hand was also included in the sale. It was captioned, “Immediately picked up and tucked away: a clump of hair that had been John Lennon’s, cut yesterday.”

A signed photograph of the Fab Four also sold at the auction for $42,500, while a sealed copy of the group's Yesterday and Today "Butcher Cover" from 1966 fetched $125,000.

"This is by far one of the finest copies of the very limited number of 'first state' albums that were released to a small audience," Shrum said. "This copy is a worthy addition to the most advanced Beatle collections."

 

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