Wednesday, December 12, 2007

"Lock of John Lennon's hair sells for £24,000"

from - by Sean Michaels

A book enclosing a lock of John Lennon's hair has been sold at auction for £24,000.

It was part of a lot of items owned by Betty Glasow, former hairdresser to the Beatles, Steve McQueen, Michael Caine and other stars; Lennon gave her a lock and a copy of A Spaniard in the Works as a thank you for her help on the films A Hard Day's Night and Help!

The inscription in the book reads: "To Betty, Lots of Love and Hair, John Lennon."

A little less witty is another item on the auction block, a photo of fellow Beatle George Harrison autographed "George (Dandruff) Harrison". Oh, to be a hairdresser for the rich and famous.

The sale, held at the Gorringes auction house in Worthing, far exceeded expectations. Lennon's hair had only been expected to fetch between £2,000 and £3,000. By our rough calculations, this would put the value of an entire mop-top at around two million pounds.

According to Goringes director Nick Muston, "[Glasow] feels that rather than these things being stuck in a drawer with nobody enjoying them, real enthusiasts [could] get their hands on these things." He conveniently leaves out the bits where Glasow rakes in several thousand pounds and creepy Lennon hair "enthusiasts" get their hands on some Fab Four DNA.

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