Elvis Presley's hair sold for $15,000

A pile of hair believed to have been trimmed from Elvis Presley when he joined the U.S. Army in 1958 sold for $15,000 (£9,200) on Sunday in Chicago auction house.

The item was among 200 Elvis-related items up for sale at the auction including sweat-stained scarves, bathrobes and records. It was collected by the late Gary Pepper, who was the president of the Tankers Fan Club set up for Elvis fans.

The top price of $52,000 (£32,000) was paid for a cream collared cotton shirt with the monogram EP that came with a magazine showing the King wearing the shirt, or at least one similar. It had been expected to sell for between $2,000 and $4,000.

A red ultrasuede shirt, which was also expected to sell for between $2,000 and $4,000, and was also believed to have been worn by Elvis sold for $34,000.

One buyer snapped up a set of concert-used handkerchiefs for $732 (£450) including auction house fees, while photos from the reception of Presley's 1967 wedding to Priscilla, sold for nearly $6,000 (£3,700).

Chicago-based Leslie Hindman Auctioneers posted the results of the auction on its website, saying the lot of hair sold for $18,300 which topped the expected price of between $8,000 and $12,000. All prices on its website included the buyer's premium.

The auction house said the hair was given to Pepper to mail to Presley fans. No DNA test was carried out on the hair but the auctioneer quoted "an expert in celebrity hair authentication," John Reznikoff, saying it matched the Elvis hair he has in his collection.

No details of the winning bidder were immediately available.

Last year, Elvis Presley, with his estate estimated at $52 million, topped the Forbes' annual list of the top-earning dead celebrities. He also topped the list in 2005. Elvis Presley (rock n roll king) died in 1977 at the age of 42.

Via - BBC News

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