Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Lennon's hair auction

A lock of John Lennon's hair is being put up for sale. Lennon gave Betty Glasow, the Beatles' hairdresser, the lock of hair in a copy of his book "A Spaniard in the Works." In the dedication he wrote, "To Betty, Lots of Love and Hair, John Lennon."

On Wednesday, fans will have the chance to bid on the hair and other autographed photos and Beatles memorabilia when they go up for auction in Worthing, in southern England.

The book -- with the hair still inside -- could fetch as much as $6,200, said Nick Muston, director of Gorringes auction house.

Glasow, who kept the Beatles' moptops trimmed on the set of the films "A Hard Day's Night" and "Help!" decided to sell the items because she wanted fans to have them, Muston said.

"She feels that rather than these things being stuck in a drawer with nobody enjoying them, real enthusiasts [could] get their hands on these things," Muston said.

Other items in the sale include signed photographs of the Beatles dedicated to Glasow, including one where George Harrison signed the photo George "Dandruff" Harrison.

Another lot includes a program, ticket and screw from one of the seats at a 1965 Beatles Christmas Concert at Hammersmith Apollo in London, where fans ripped out seats so they could dance in the aisles.

Glasow has also worked with a number of actors. Her collection includes a photo album of signed photos and personal messages from Michael Caine, from "Educating Rita"; Peter Ustinov, from "Death on the Nile"; Steve McQueen, from "The War Lover"; Harrison Ford, from "Patriot Games"; and the cast of the Harry Potter films.


yellowdog granny said...

hmm, couldn't some interprising scientist take his hair and clone him?...that would be worth a few bucks..

dom said...

As long as they don't clone Yoko !!!