John Lennon’s Hair Sold For $35,000
If John Lennon’s Guitar 1962 Gibson was sold for $2,4 million, recently the 50-year-old John Lennon’s hair sold for $35,000. The four-inch (10cm) John Lennon’s hair lock was kept by a German barber named Klaus Baruck who gave him a trim in 1966. Klaus Baruck is the hairdresser on “How I Won the War”, a dark comedy about a fictional British army platoon and their misadventures in World War II, starring John Lennon as Private Gripweed. In preparation for the movie, Klaus Baruck had to cut off Lennon’s long locks and decided to keep it.
According to Heritage Auction in Dallas, Texas on Saturday February 20th 2016, this is the largest lock of Lennon’s hair ever sold at auction. Garry Shrum, director of music memorabilia at Heritage said in a statement :
“This is the largest lock of John Lennon’s hair ever offered at auction, 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 winner of the John Lennon’s hair auction was Paul Fraser, who paid three times from the expected price. Paul Fraser is an active buyer of entertainment memorabilia who is based in the UK, CNN reported. According to BBC, Garry Shrum also said the bidder got a “good chunk of John Lennon’s hair”, adding: “It was a good size with quite a lot of strands.” The haircut took place just a month after the release of the band’s legendary 1966 Revolver album.
Other items auctioned included a signed photograph of the Beatles that fetched $42,500, a signed head-and-shoulders portrait which taken before the haircut sold for $2,125, and an unused ticket for the band’s first US concert in Washington DC in 1964, which fetched $30,000.