Two months ago, a lock of Elvis Presley's hair sold at a Chicago auction house for $15,000. The hair was trimmed from the king's head when he was inducted in the Army in 1958.
Its 50-year journey to the auction block began with Elvis's lifelong barber, Homer "Gill" Gilleland, putting it aside as a keepsake. At some point in the '60s, he gave it back to Elvis, who in turn gave it to his friend Gary Pepper, a young man with cerebral palsy who was president of the national Elvis fan club.
When Pepper died this year, his huge collection of Elvis memorabilia was auctioned--scarves, sunglasses, signed albums. But the hair was the jewel in the crown, so to speak.
If you're like me, you may have read this news item with some disbelief. $15,000? In this economy? But what's even more incredible is that it's part of a growing trend to collect the hair of dead celebrities. Sound macabre? In the past few years, auction houses such as Sotheby's and Christie's have sold hair from the heads ofRead More »from Lock And Roll!