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A Lock of Elvis's Hair - for $100,000?

9:03 AM, Oct 7, 2009   |    comments
Elvis Presley, as a US Army private, in the mess hall at Fort Hood, Texas in March of 1958.
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Chicago (WLTX) - An auction house in Chicago is auctioning off a lock of the King of Rock n' Roll's hair from arguable the most famous haircut of all time.

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers will put on the auction block a snip of Elvis Presley's hair that was taken from his haircut when he entered the U.S. Army in 1958.

Back then, newspapers around the world showed images of a barber using shears to give Elvis a crew-cut. At that time, Elvis's hair was as much a part of his image as his hip-shaking, and his female fans mourned the loss of their icon's locks.

The auction house expects the bid for the hair to perhaps exceed $100,000.

The hair comes from the collection of Gary Pepper, a man with cerebral palsy that Elvis befriended during his lifetime. Pepper became the president of one of Presley's first fan clubs, and got plenty of memorabilia from Elvis himself.

Other items from the collection are expected to go on sale as well.

A public exhibition will take place from October 15th to the 17th, with the auction schedule for October 18. A portion of the proceeds from the auction will be donated to United Cerebral Palsy of the Mid-South.

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