The Crazy Amount Of Money Someone Paid For Elvis’ Hair
UNSPECIFIED - JANUARY 01: Photo of Elvis PRESLEY; Posed studio portrait of Elvis Presley (Photo by RB/Redferns)
Elvis Presley‘s pompadour is one of the most iconic hairstyles in the pop culture and music history. Some people even refer to it as the “Elvis Cut.” So it’s really not surprising to see some die-hard fans pay for a big amount of money to have some pieces of hair of the King of Rock and Roll.
In 2002, it was reported that a jar of what was believed to be a small mass of the icon’s hair went up for auction and was allegedly sold for over $100,000. The anonymous buyer surely thought that he/she now owns one of the most special piece of memorabilia from the legendary singer.
According to Chicago Tribune, the hair was collected by Presley’s long-time barber, Homer “Gill” Gilleland, while the King was still alive. The anonymous bidder, who is reported to have been a “big Elvis collector” at the time of the auction, was more than willing to pay whatever amount was necessary in order to add the jar of hair to his/her collection of all things Presley.
Brian Marren of MastroNet Inc. (the company who hosted the auction) shared after the sale:
“I have no idea what they intend to do with it.”
Over the years, Gilleland stored bits of Elvis’ hair in a plastic bag all the way up until the singer’s death in 1977. While that may be true, experts claim that without a DNA sample to compare it to, there is no way to confirm for sure whether the hair actually grew out of the King’s head or not. Regardless, the winning bidder didn’t think otherwise.