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Published April 06, 2016
Maybe you can always get what you want.
The British auction house Bonhams plans to place a few locks from the Rolling Stones front man’s mop up for sale July 3 with an estimated sale price between $2,300 and $3,100, according to its website.
The amount reportedly falls between that which was previously fetched for Keith Richards’ and John Dillinger’s hair, but a sum far short of a sample once stowed from none other than Abraham Lincoln’s pate.
The lock reportedly dates to Sir Mick’s younger days in the early-to-mid 1960s -- when he ironically could better part with a few strands -- or the period when the Rolling Stones were still little more than an idea.
The clump, according to the auctioneer, is Chrissie Shrimpton's, who the music man reportedly dated in the early 1960s, during-and-just-after his time as a London School of Economics student. Jagger quit the school in 1963 after weighing a career in either journalism or politics, and continued on to rock n’ roll fame.
Bonhams writes of Lot 20711 that Shrimpton’s grandmother collected the then-freshly washed lock without her granddaughter’s knowledge during an outing the then-couple took to the Shrimpton family's country estate.
“Apparently, on her grandmother's death, the hair passed to Chrissie's aunt and when she died, the hair was returned to Chrissie by a cousin taking care of personal effects,” the auction house writes before adding that the proceeds from the sale of Jagger’s hair will go to the charity, Changing Faces.
On a related note, The New York Times reports the market for similarly famous hair has ramped up, of late.
In a late 2012 article, The Times notes that “a single mustache hair pulled from John Dillinger’s death mask was part of a crime artifact lot that brought $5,400 at RR Auction in New Hampshire.”
Meanwhile, a lock of Ulysses S. Grant’s hair reportedly once fetched $5,975, while one from his one-time boss, Abraham Lincoln, brought $38,837. The Times, rounding out the matter, noted some hair once belonging to Robert E. Lee, sold for $12,500 at Doyle auction house in Manhattan.
But it seems that Jagger may have his band mate Keith Richards beaten on the hair front, as a clump of the guitarist's mop reportedly fetched only $1,400 during a recent auction.