Lock of Mick Jagger's hair saved by girlfriend's grandma up for auction

Courtesy NBC News
Randee DawnNBC News contributor

Some people just collect Rolling Stones records. And then there are some who want a more personal remembrance. For those, Bonham's Auction House in London has put on the block a unique item direct from the head of singer Mick Jagger: A lock of his hair.

And if you've got somewhere between $2,300-$3,100, it could be yours (that's the estimate range according to Bonham's website, though of course it could go much higher). But what's almost more fun than the idea of having a piece of hair from one of rock's icons is the story behind it.

The lock comes with a statement from Chrissie Shrimpton, younger sister of model Jean Shrimpton (who dated Jagger in the early 1960s). When Jagger visited Shrimpton's parents' farm, her grandmother saved the lock -- it's not clear how she got it in the first place -- and after grandma died, it "passed to Chrissie's aunt and when she died, the hair was returned to Chrissie by a cousin taking care of personal effects," says the listing.

So it's a family -- wait for it -- "hair-loom," then.

The lock -- which was snipped "unbeknown to her at the time," according to Bonham's, comes in a paper envelope on which was written, "Mick Jagger's hair after being washed + trimmed by Chris at Rose Hill Farm."

Celebrity cast-offs are apparently all the rage these days; New York magazine's Vulture column (among others) reports that Keith Richards' hair recently sold at auction for $1,400 while Lady Gaga's fake fingernailfetched $12,000 when it went on the block.

Proceeds from the sale of Jagger's hair are set to go to the charity Changing Faces.


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