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- Posted on Oct 14th 2009 12:00PM by James Sullivan
A clump of Elvis' mane, reportedly trimmed by an Army barber upon the late singer's induction in 1958, is the most celebrated item up for sale at a Chicago auction house this weekend. Other Presley memorabilia, including scarves he threw to fans, dolls and Christmas cards, will be offered as well. But the hair, once owned by an Elvis fan club president, has been thoroughly combed over.
Celebrity hair clippings have become big business, with another clump of Elvis's locks recently fetching a reported $115,000. "There's a possibility that people think you could clone people from hair," a representative from the auction house told the AP.
Though no DNA test has been done, the auction house claims it has been authenticated by a Connecticut collector who has his own sample of Elvis's hair. "I'm very careful with the hair I authenticate," said John Reznikoff, who also owns samples of hair from the heads of Beethoven, Marilyn Monroe and Michael Jackson's fiery Pepsi commercial mishap. Imagine the band he could clone.