Willie Nelson’s plaits sell for £23,000 at auction

The set of braids were cut in 1983 and sold earlier this month

Willie Nelson‘s famous plaits have sold for $37,000 (£23,061) at auction.

The plaits were cut from Nelson’s head in 1983 as a sign of solidarity for fellow country musician, the late Waylon Jennings, who at the time was attempting a period of sobriety. A host of Jennings’ personal belongings were up for sale in the auction, including Buddy Holly’s motorcycle, which Jennings was given after Holly died, as well as Muhammad Ali’s boxing gloves and robe, Hank Williams’ cowboy boots and a letter to Jennings from John Lennon.

There were 500 lots in the auction, which took place on October 5 at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, Arizona, run by Jessi Colter, Jennings’ wife, to help the Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Jennings passed away in 2002.


Willie Nelson will feature in the Sonic Highways documentary series which runs alongside the new Foo Fighters album of the same name. Dolly Parton, Public Enemy star Chuck D, the Beastie Boys’ Mike D, Joan Jett, Heart, US singer Bonnie Raitt, Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielson, Gary Clark Jr and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band will also appear.

Sonic Highways will be shown on BBC Four and BBC iPlayer in the UK later this month. The eight episodes will be split between the two platforms, with BBC Four showing episodes one, two, seven and eight and BBC iPlayer showing the others exclusively online. ‘Sonic Highways’, the album, will be released on November 10.



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