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The Must-Have Item This Holiday Season Is . . . Famous People's Hair



Over the weekend, a clump of Elvis Presley's hair, shorn from the king of rock and roll's scalp when he joined the army in 1958, was sold by Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in Chicago. When the gavel banged, an unnamed creep collector walked away with the furry treasure—after ponying up a cool $18,300. Not to be outdone, Ralph Cohen, the producer of Michael Jackson's ill-fated 1984 Pepsi commercial, put a dozen or so singed hairs he collected (after helping extinguish Jackson's burning noggin, much to his credit) up for purchase through a Nottingham auction house on Saturday. Details on the buyer have not yet emerged, but the sample was expected to bring in up to $1,600 ($133 per strand!).

In this flagging economy, investing in hair may be a viable option for you. Here's what you need to know about the exciting up-and-coming market:

- Want a lock from a Marxist revolutionary? It's going to cost you. A lock of Che Guevara's hair sold for $100,000 back in 2007. But it will say more about you than a T-shirt ever could.

- The emo cut may be dead, but the clippings are up for grabs. Strike while the (flat) iron is hot! The first 400 members of Fall Out Boy's fan club to preorder the group's new greatest-hits album will receive a piece of Pete Wentz's hair, recently snipped by Blink-182 bassist Mark Hoppus.

- Authenticity is important, but synthetics can still be valuable. Kate Moss' extensions fetched more than a grand on eBay last year.

- Beware the occasional rip-off. If the seller was in two or more films with Corey Feldman during the eighties, it's probably not a wise purchase.

- Don't be afraid to speculate. The hair doesn't have to be famous at the time of purchase—and you're more likely to get free shipping deals!

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