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Moptop hair lock goes for a song
John Lennon
The lock of hair was given a guide price of a few thousand pounds
A lock of John Lennon's hair which the former Beatle gave to a West Sussex hairdresser has sold for 24,000.

An unnamed telephone bidder bought the item during the sale of the Betty Glasow collection of Beatles and Film memorabilia at Gorringes Auction House.

The lock was accompanied by a message which read: "To Betty, lots of love and hair, from John Lennon xx."

Mrs Glasow, from near Worthing, groomed the band's moptop hair on their films A Hard Day's Night and Help in the 1960s.

The lock, which was stuck to a copy of the singer's 1965 book A Spaniard in The Works, had been given a guide price of between 2,000 and 3,000.

Betty kept their moptops in trim and over time they became quite attached to her
Francesca Collin
A picture signed by George "Dandruff" Harrison, who had a very dry scalp according to Mrs Glascow also fetched 6,500.

Francesca Collin, of Gorringes, said: "It is astonishing that there is still so much interest in the Beatles and the sale goes to prove that John Lennon is still an icon.

"To have some of Lennon's hair along with a signed note from him really does give it fantastic provenance and authenticity.

The lock of John Lennon's hair
Mrs Glascow groomed the band's moptop hair during the 1960s
"Collections of this kind are rare and the hair in particular is a real one-off for Beatles collectors."

She added: "Betty kept their moptops in trim and over time they became quite attached to her."

Mrs Glasow's collection also featured autographed pictures and personal messages from celebrities such as Michael Caine, Steve McQueen and Peter Ustinov which she amassed during her five-decade career.

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