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Jar of Elvis Presley's hair auctioned for $72,500

A jar of Elvis Presley's hair, collected by his barber of two decades, was auctioned for $72,500. Photo courtesy of Kruse GWS Auctions
A jar of Elvis Presley's hair, collected by his barber of two decades, was auctioned for $72,500. Photo courtesy of Kruse GWS Auctions

Sept. 8 (UPI) -- A baseball-sized clump of hair that came from the head of Elvis Presley sold for $72,500 in an auction.

Kruse GWS Auctions, based in Los Angeles, said the "Elvis Presley jar of hair with extensive documentation" sold for $72,500 in an auction that also included the sale of the performer's iconic jumpsuit from his 1972 Madison Square Garden performance for $1,012,500.

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The auction house said the baseball-sized clump of hair was collected over the course of multiple haircuts by Homer Gilleland, Presley's personal barber for more than two decades.

The hair was kept in a plastic bag by Gilleland, who gifted it to Thomas Morgan, a close friend of both the barber and the singer.

The "extensive documentation" included with the hair, which has since been transferred to a sealed jar, includes plane tickets from occasions when Presley brought Gilleland on the road with him to cut his hair and a certificate of authenticity signed by John Reznikoff of University Archives, "the world's most trusted authority in the field of hair collecting."

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