Elvis' hair sold for $4,160 at auction, Michael Jackson items also offered
A plastic vial containing clippings of Elvis Presley's hair has sold for $4,160 at an auction of celebrity memorabilia in Beverly Hills, California.
It is not the first time the King of Rock N' Roll's hair has been put up for auction. The newest collection of clippings was one of several pieces of celebrity memorabilia offered during Julien's Auctions' two-day Sports Legends and Music Icons sale, which took place over the weekend. Objects belonging to the late Michael Jackson, whose third death anniversary was marked on Monday, Amy Winehouse, who died last year, and Whitney Houston, who was found dead in February, were also sold.
The latest clippings of Presley's hair were collected by the late singer's personal hairdresser, Homer "Gil" Gilleland."As he worked with Elvis off and on up through the 1970s, Gilleland kept locks of Presley's hair, attaching them to business cards and ultimately giving large collections to friends," Julien's Auctions said in its listing. "There have been several large groupings of Elvis hair sold."
In 2009, a strand of hair Gilleland said he clipped from Presley's head sold at a British auction for about $1,560. A jar containing more of Presley's hair sold for $115,000 in an online auction in 2002.
Also auctioned off at Julien's Auction's weekend sale - a photo of an X-Ray of Presley's arm, taken after he suffered an injury during a karate session in Las Vegas, sold for $9,375. A black leather Harley-Davidson motorcycle jacket and black Lansky Bros. tuxedo pants believed to have been owned by the singer sold for $41,600 and a pair of glass champagne coupes believed to have been used at Presley's 1967 wedding to Priscilla fetched $312.50 at the auction.
Not all items sold. An acoustic guitar signed by Presley, combined with a photograph of the singer performing at a 1976 concert in Syracuse, New York, fetched no bids. It was estimated to be worth at least $15,000.
Jackson's moonman-shaped MTV Video Music Award for Viewer's Choice, given to him at the network's inaugural ceremony ceremony for his iconic 1983 "Thriller" music video, was auctioned off for $51,200. A signed group of four pages containing the late King of Pop's handwritten lyrics to his song "Billie Jean" sold for $41,600.
Also sold at the auction - a teal Travilla gown Houston wore to the 1986 Grammy Awards ceremony, where she won her first Grammy - for Best Pop Vocal Performance Female for her song "Saving All My Love for You." The dress sold for $20,480.
Items belonging to music artists who are still alive were also sold. A custom-made Tama Superstar drum kit, used in the 1980s by Neil Peart, drummer of the legendary progressive rock band Rush, sold for $35,000. A Gibson Chet Atkins Country Gentleman guitar used by rock star David Bowie in the 1990s sold for just $200 more than that.