The buyer of the large strand of John Lennon’s hair at Heritage Auction’s recent entertainment sale has announced he is breaking it up for sale and has offered pieces to subscribers of his auction and memorabilia mailing list. Paul Fraser, in an email Friday, wrote, “Did you read about a clump of John Lennon’s hair selling on the weekend? Well the buyer was none other than yours truly. And I’m now selling a strictly limited number of the strands to my newsletter subscribers.” His most recent email included other stories on entertainment and movie memorabilia, stamps and sports collectibles being auctioned or available in the marketplace.
The price Fraser is asking for a half-inch strand of hair is £399 ($553 USD, 506 Euros). The item will come mounted on a display card ready for framing, he said. In similar fashion, Fraser is also selling hair locks from Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Jackson, Prince Albert Victor, George Washington and the Duke of Wellington. The lock of Lennon’s hair was previously owned by hairdresser Klaus Baruck, who trimmed the Beatle’s hair before the filming of the 1967 Richard Lester movie “How I Won the War.”
Prior to the sale, the auction house said the lock contained “hundreds of strands of hair,”measured approximately four inches and was, to its knowledge, the largest lock of Lennon hair ever sold at auction. On Feb. 20, the auction house announced the hair had been sold for $35,000. The “How I Won the War” film, in which Lennon has a supporting role. was recently released on Blu-ray by Kino-Lorber Films. (Looking for the best source of first-hand Beatles news? Subscribe to this column using the button on this page.)