How much do you love David Bowie? Not as much as whomever purchased a lock of David Bowie’s hair for $18,750 at Heritage Auction‘s Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Signature Auction in Beverly Hills.
The hair, which was estimated to be sold at around $4,000 (which is still insane) was sold by Wendy Farrier, a former wig maker at London’s Madame Tussauds in the 1980s. The museum was preparing to create a wax figure of Bowie at the time when Farrier cut a lock of his hair in order to perfectly replicate its color for the museum.
“Once hair samples were matched with any figures at Madam Tussauds they were discarded as a matter of course, so there was amusement when I asked to keep one from the selection taken from Bowie,” wrote Farrier in a letter posted on the Heritage website. “I can honestly and sincerely say that this is a genuine sample of David Bowie’s hair from 1983 that I cut from his head myself and have kept all these years.”
Other items on the selling block included Prince’s Yellow Cloud guitar, which sold for $137,500. Consequence of Sound reports that the buyer is the Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay, who should concentrate on getting his act together. Then again, if I had his money I’d buy one of Prince’s guitars too.
Bowie enthusiasts still have a chance to pick up some memorabilia, as a signed copy of 1971’s Hunky Dory and a rare alternative full-color sleeve artwork for 976’s Station to Station were not sold at the auction. Those interested can snag ’em for $625 and $1,000 respectively on the Heritage site.