Wednesday, October 14, 2009

200 items of Presley on auction

Updated on : Wednesday, October 14, 2009

CHICAGO: A clump of the King's hair, which he had cut off before entering the U.S. Army in 1958, is going on the auction block Sunday at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in Chicago.

The opening price has not been revealed, but the auction house says another clump of Presley's hair sold for $115,000 in 2002, according to a US-based news agency. The auction will also feature more than 200 other Elvis items, including clothes he wore, sweat-stained scarves he threw to screaming fans, Christmas cards he sent, and lots of records and memorabilia.

The unnamed owner of the rock-n-roll artifacts inherited the collection from Gary Pepper, who was the president of an early Elvis Presley fan club and a close friend of the music legend. He died in 1980. The clump of hair going on auction was reportedly verified to belong to the King, based on existing samples of his hair.

The star may have lost the locks when he got his Army-issue crewcut when he went into the service in 1958 - the auction house said another collector with hair that Elvis lost to an Army barber has checked the clump out, and that it matches the hair he has.

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