The Authentic Experience
It’s strange how people get when it comes to collectables. Just today, I heard that the gold medal Jesse Owens won in the Berlin Olympics in 1936 (talk about a big F-U to Hitler), is on the auction blocks. He apparently gave it to Bill “Mr. Bojangles” Robinson. If I were rich, I’d pay millions for it (it’s currently around $200,000); easily one of the coolest pieces of sports memorabilia ever.
On the other end of the spectrum, you have an unknown bidder that paid almost $11,000 for the beard shavings from Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz, who was the World Series MVP (If I was still in radio, I’d be playing the song “Hair” in the background while I read this story).
Gillette Razors were smart. They collected the shavings of him and teammate Shane Victorino. Victorino’s only pulled in $3,750 in the auction on eBay with the razor that was used (autographed, too).
Gillette said all the proceeds went to “Movember,” which is a charity that encourages men to grow mustaches in November, to raise money for prostate and testicular cancer (I raised a few thousand for it a few years ago, pictures here!)
I have a friend whose 85-year-old mother told me a story about her friend that cut hair for some famous people. A few times she gave Elvis haircuts, and each time somebody offered $800 for the hair on the floor (I believe this was in the early ‘60s). She sold it to the guy, but when he called again (Elvis had cancelled the haircut, but the guy didn’t know that)…she thought quickly on her feet. Wanting to make another $800, she just saved the hair from another client that had black locks. She did this a few different times, so…when I see strands of Elvis’ hair (it’s usually selling for $25 a strand), I laugh, wondering if it’s the fake stuff.
President John F. Kennedy had a lock of hair sell for almost $2,000 last October (no, it wasn’t bloody).
A clump of Mick Jaggger’s hair once sold for $6,000, although I think it would be more fun to by Keith Richards hair. I’d have it tested to see what’s in his system.
A clump of Mickey Mantle’s hair sold for slightly less than the Stones singer – it sold for just under $7,000 in 1997.
As a San Diegan, one of our big baseball stars was Ted Williams. His hair went for a measly $780 a few years ago. I would’ve thought that would fetch more, especially since his head got frozen and placed in that cryogenics chamber (remember that bizarre controversy?).
All this got me thinking about that commercial in the ‘70s that had Farrah Fawcett lathering up Joe Namath’s face with shaving cream. If somebody has a signed razor by those two, I’d be interested in buying it (although I’d still treasure the Fawcett poster over that).