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Elvis's quiff sells for $15,000

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Elvis Presley's hair has been auctioned before

A clump of hair believed to have been trimmed from Elvis Presley's head when he joined the US Army in 1958 has been sold for $15,000 (£9,200) in Chicago.

The item was among 200 Elvis-related items up for sale at the auction including sweat-stained scarves, bathrobes and records.

A shirt that once belonged to the King also sold for $52,000 (£32,000).

All the items had belonged to the late Gary Pepper, who ran a fan club and was a friend of the singer.

One buyer snapped up a set of concert-used handkerchiefs for $732 (£450) including auction house fees, while photos from the reception of Presley's 1967 wedding to Priscilla, sold for nearly $6,000 (£3,700).

Chicago's Leslie Hindman auctioneers did not provide details of the people who purchased the items.

Pepper, who had cerebral palsy, died in 1980. A portion of the proceeds from Sunday's auction will go to United Cerebral Palsy of the Mid-South.



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