Brit buys 50-year-old lock of John Lennon’s hair at US auction for £24,000

It's not the first time memorabilia collectors have bought locks of Lennon's hair.

A “significant lock” of John Lennon’s hair has been sold at auction to a UK buyer for $35,000 (£24,295).

Heritage Auctions, based in Dallas, Texas, said the four-inch piece of hair was bought by Paul Fraser, a memorabilia collector from the UK.

The lock is thought to be the “largest lock of Lennon’s hair” ever sold at auction and was trimmed in September 1966 during the filming of Richard Lester-directed movie How I Won The War. Lennon appeared as Musketeer Gripweed in the film.

The lock of hair had been kept by a German hairdresser and was one of many pieces of Beatles memorabilia being sold today (February 20), which included a signed photograph of the band sold for $42,500 (£29,500) and a sealed copy of the band’s controversial ‘butcher cover’ for ‘Yesterday and Today’. According to Associated Press, the latter went for $125,000 (£86,700).

In 2015, a different lock of John Lennon’s hair sold at auction for the slightly lower sum of $25,600. Meanwhile, in 2007, another sold for $48,000.

Earlier this month, it was revealed that The Beatles’ annual contribution to Liverpool economy is valued at £82 million.