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Beatles’ hair sells for more than $10k

John Lennon’s locks sold for the least amount

Strands of hair belonging to the Beatles have sold for more than $10,000. The hair, which yielded four times its estimated value, attracted the attention of online bidders from all over the world via Catawiki, a premier auction site for special objects.

Strands of hair from all four bandmates were cut on March 25, 1964, during the filming of A Hard Day’s Night. The locks were swept up by John O’Gorman, head of the movie studio’s makeup department, which he later gave to his friends as a wedding anniversary present.

“Nowadays, collecting the hair of famous people is a booming industry,” says Denny Hoekstra, Beatles expert at Catawiki. “In general, the hair of celebrities will only become more valuable over time, which makes these locks of hair a good investment.”

During the auction, the hair was offered up as four individual lots. “Paul McCartney’s hair was the most sought after, selling for $2,996,” states Hoekstra. “Each lot contained four to five strands, which means McCartney’s hair sold for approximately $600 per strand.”

“George Harrison’s and Ringo Starr’s lots were both sold to a bidder from France for $2,901 and $2,885, respectively. The hair belonging to John Lennon yielded only $1,385, which surprised us.”

The auction could mark the first time Lennon was least popular Beatle.

Over the years, fans have paid top dollar to own a piece of their favorite celebrity. Elvis Presley’s hair has sold for $115,000, Che Guevara for $119,500 with fingerprints and photographs, Lennon for $48,000, Justin Bieber for $40,668 and Marilyn Monroe for $40,000.

Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.

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