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Beatles Hair Clippings Fetch $10k at Auction

Strands of hair from all four bandmates were cut on March 25, 1964.

AMSTERDAM, May 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Catawiki, a premier auction site for special objects, today announced that strands of hair belonging to the Beatles 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.

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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,” said 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,” said 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.”

Over the years, fans have paid top dollar to own a piece of their favorite celebrity. Here are the Top 5 most expensive celebrity hair auctions, according to the experts at Catawiki:

1. Elvis Presley, $115,000
2. Che Guevara, $119,500 (with fingerprints and photographs)
3. John Lennon, $48,000
4. Justin Bieber, $40,668
5. Marilyn Monroe, $40,000

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