Lock of Mick Jagger's hair headed for auction

A snippet from the rock legend's early days has resurfaced. Sale proceeds will go to charity.

By Jonathan Berr Jun 17, 2013 1:01PM
Lock of Mick Jagger's hair to be auctioned on July 3. (Courtesy of Bonhams)Attention, Rolling Stones fans: Are you among those willing to shell out $2,000 for a VIP ticket to the band's 50th-anniversary tour this summer? Then you may be interested in adding a lock of lead singer Mick Jagger's hair to your collection of keepsakes from what has been called the world's greatest rock 'n' roll band.

The locks are being auctioned off by Bonhams on July 3, with an estimated sale price of between $2,300 and $3,100. The proceeds will go to Changing Faces, a charity that helps people who have been disfigured. That's well above the $1,400 a fan paid for hair belonging to Jagger's band mate and sometime rival Keith Richards. Neither one, though, may come close to the $48,000 someone paid for hair belonging to John Lennon, who was murdered in 1980.

Jagger's locks are being sold by Chrissie Shrimpton, who Fox News says dated Jagger when he was a student at the London School of Economics in the early 1960s. She got the hair after giving the not-yet rock legend a haircut, according to the inscription on the envelope containing the hair.

What happened next, though, is a bit strange.

"Chrissie Shrimpton confirms that, unbeknown to her at the time, this lock was saved by her grandmother when Mick and Chrissie were staying at her parents' farm," according to Bonham's website. "Apparently, on her grandmother's death, the hair passed to Chrissie's aunt and when she died, the hair was returned to Chrissie by a cousin taking care of personal effects."

Apparently, the market for celebrity hair is picking up.

As Fox noted, a single mustache hair pulled from the death mask of gangster John Dillinger fetched $5,400, about the same that someone paid for hair belonging to Civil War hero and President Ulysses S. Grant. Hair belonging to Abraham Lincoln pulled in $38,837.  

But none compared with the King: A lock of Elvis Presley's hair sold for $115,000 in 2002. 

Whoever buys Jagger's locks isn't likely to stress over the price, because anyone who can afford to spend a few thousand on celebrity hair probably has no trouble finding satisfaction.

Jonathan Berr envies people who have enough hair to style it. Follow him on Twitter @jdberr.

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Jun 17, 2013 2:14PM
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I think you mean "off" not "of"....I guess nobody checks their work anymore.
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