A framed lock of David Bowie’s hair sold at auction over the weekend in Los Angeles for $18,750 US ($24,493 CDN). It sold over four times what Heritage Auctions expected it to get ($4000 US).
In 1983, an employee from Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in London cut a lock of his hair to make a colour match for his wax figurine. Normally, the hair samples are destroyed after, but the lady decided to hang on to it.
Part of the proceeds from the sale will go to the Soi Dog Foundation–an animal welfare centre in Thailand.
Also sold at the auction was Prince’s Yellow Cloud Guitar, which raked in $137,500 US ($179,417 CDN). It was used in most of his concerts, videos, and recordings between 1988 and 1994.
While the name of the winning bid for Bowie’s locks wasn’t released, the new owner of Prince’s guitar is Indianapolis Colts’ owner, Jim Irsay.