Jailhouse Locks: Heritage to Auction Off -- Seriously -- a Jar Full of Elvis Presley's Hair
|Courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries|
|Who knew Elvis jarred?|
Doug Norwine, who runs Heritage's Music & Entertainment department, says the jar arrived at Oak Lawn HQ only yesterday -- in a Brink's truck, no less. "Like it's the Hope Diamond," he tells Unfair Park. "Man, I love our pop culture."
This certainly isn't the first time Presley's locks o' (burnin') love have been put on the auction block; back in October, strands said to have been shorn from his head right before he went into the Army in '58 sold at a Chicago auction for $18,300. No idea from which period these strands date, but they do come from the collection of Memphis hairdresser Homer M. Gilleland, who famously cut the King's hair from 'round '57 till Elvis's death 20 years later. Right now, bid's at $12 thou -- that's one expensive merkin-in-the-makin'.
"People pass down hair all the time -- Lincoln's, Washington's -- so it's not so much a morbid curiosity as it is a historical tradition," Norwine says. "The bottom line is people pay a lot of money for Elvis's hair. So you may be shaking your head, but there's money in them thar hairs."