A clump of Elvis Presley’s hair, given to Gary Pepper as president of the Tankers Fan Club to give to Elvis fans, is one of over 200 Elvis items going up for auction on Sunday, Oct. 18 Photo: AP
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Elvis Presley Photo: AP
The singer’s locks were shorn off in 1958 as he prepared for Army service.
More than five decades later, the clippings are being offered to the biggest fan with the deepest pockets.
The ”large quantity” of Elvis’s hair is one of more than 200 lots going under the hammer this Sunday at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in Chicago.
Other items on sale include an Elvis Presley Pez dispenser, dolls and clothes worn by the rock-and-roll great.
The collection was amassed by Presley enthusiast and president of one of the singer’s fan clubs Gary Pepper. Mr Pepper died in 1980, handing his Elvis memorabilia over to his nurse in the process.
They will now be distributed to fans via the auction.
The shorn locks have an estimated sale price of 8,000 dollars (£5,030) to 12,000 dollars (£7,500).
The auction house quotes celebrity hair expert John Reznikoff as stating that the strands appear to be those of the King.
On Leslie Hindman Auctioneers’ website, Mr Reznikoff said: ”The hair appears to match the hair in my collection in coarseness and colour… this is more than likely a genuine lock of Elvis’ hair, short of a DNA test proving otherwise.”
It may be possible to clone people from hair samples in the future. Perhaps by then we will have moved on to other planets. Imagine an entire planet of Elvis clones. What would a planet run by your own clones be like?