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Gallery to proceed with Guevara auction

Oct. 23, 2007 at 11:40 PM

DALLAS, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- An auction gallery in Texas plans to go ahead with the sale of mementos of revolutionary icon Ernesto "Che" Guevara, including a lock of his hair.

Heritage Auction Galleries in Dallas said it had received death threats over the sale in e-mail message from Guevara's native country, Argentina. The gallery said that security has been tightened.

The items belonged to Gustavo Villoldo, a native of Cuba who had become a CIA agent, the gallery said. He was in Bolivia when Guevara was captured and killed there and served as a liaison between the CIA, the Bolivian government and U.S. Army Rangers.

Guevara, trained as a doctor, became a Marxist and joined Fidel Castro in Cuba in the late 1950s. He left Cuba in the mid-1960s and eventually went to Bolivia, where he was captured and killed in 1967 at the age of 39.

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