Mega fans will often do almost anything to get a piece of their celebrity heroes, whether it’s waiting in an hours-long line for a meet-and-greet or fishing through their garbage for a chewed up piece of gum. For one David Bowie fan, it was dropping a working college student’s yearly income on a piece of hair.
A lock of the Thin White Duke’s hair sold for $18,750 at an auction in Los Angeles over the weekend. The blonde strands were cut straight from Bowie’s head in 1983 when he went in for a Madam Tussauds Wax Museum sample sitting. Wendy Farrier, a wig maker with Tussauds who worked on the wax Bowie’s mop, asked to keep the hair, which she placed in a frame with a picture of her and the musician. There it sat for 33 years until Heritage Auctions sold it off. According to the listing, a portion of the proceeds will go to a Thai dog and cat welfare center.
If you feel like you missed out on the Bowie memorabilia, there’s still a chance; neither a signed copy of 1971’s Hunky Dory nor a rare alternative full-color sleeve artwork for 1976’s Station to Station sold at the auction, and can be purchased straight up for $625 and $1,000 respectively via Heritage.
Bowie artifacts weren’t the only things up for auction, either. Prince’s famous Yellow Cloud guitar, which he used in numerous early performances, concerts, and videos, went for $137,500. The new owner has the money to spare though, as it’s Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay.
Other items that were sold during the auction included a Nikki Sixx staged-played and signed bass, a platinum record sales award for Eric Clapton’s August, James Brown’s R&B Hall of Fame induction certificate, and a pair of acetates from Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Ladyland. There’s plenty more still up for purchase, like Brown’s stage-worn pants ($625) and cape ($2,500), unused banana stickers designed by Andy Warhol for The Velvet Underground and Nico ($6,250), and concert posters galore. Find images and details on all the items, including Bowie’s hair and Prince’s guitar, at the Heritage website.