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Lock of Elvis hair sold for £150 at Wooler auction

Auctioneer Jim Railton holds a rare strand of Elvis Presley's hair inside a framed picture.

Auctioneer Jim Railton holds a rare strand of Elvis Presley's hair inside a framed picture.

A lock of Elvis Presley’s hair has for a snip at Wooler’s auction house.

The single strand, which is displayed in the middle of a record and framed picture of The King, sold for £150 at the Northern Auction Centre in Wooler, even though it was expected to fetch anything from £50 to £5,000.

The item came a letter from a man called Thomas Morgan, who knew Elvis and claims to have been a friend of the singer’s hairdresser, Homer Gilleland.

Mr Morgan says that Mr Gilleland accompanied the star on many tours and that the bag of hair clippings he built up was one of his prized possessions.

Jim Railton, from the Northern Auction Centre in Wooler, is confident of the item’s authenticity.

“We have never sold Elvis’ hair before. It came from a deceased estate and we didn’t know much about it,” he said.

“I processed it quite quickly and did not actually look at the back until someone said there’s some stuff behind the picture.

“When we had a look we found some provenance with a certificate saying it was Elvis’ hair.

“It’s not something you come across every day.”

 

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