Lock of Marilyn Monroe's hair on sale for £12,800

The hair is from the personal collection of her former hair stylist 

Chelsea Ritschel
New York
Monday 14 January 2019 17:53 GMT
Marilyn Monroe's hair is selling for $16k (Moments in Time)
Marilyn Monroe's hair is selling for $16k (Moments in Time)

A lock of Marilyn Monroe’s is selling for $16,500 (£12,800) - 60 years after it was cut from the actress’s head.

The clipping of hair, estimated to be about 35 strands, comes from the collection of Monroe’s hair stylist, Kenneth Battelle, TMZ first reported.

According to the site selling the hair, Moments in Time, the hair comes in a flat paper box and also contains a glass-framed photograph of the actress, who died in 1962.

The set is complete with a dated piece of paper from Battelle, Monroe’s hair stylist from 1958 until her death.

In addition to styling Monroe’s iconic blonde hair, Battelle, recognised as the first celebrity hairstylist, also worked for Jacqueline Kennedy and Rosalynn Carter.

However, it was Monroe’s hair that he considered gift-worthy - as Gary Zimet from Moments in Time told The Independent that Battelle, who died in 2013, gave away similar “presentation pieces” encasing the blonde hair to close friends.

Locks of hair belonging to the star have previously sold for thousands, including one lock formerly belonging to the fan group the “Monroe Six,” which was sold for $37,500 (£29,000).

And in 2016, the sheer dress Monroe wore to serenade President John F Kennedy for his birthday sold for a record $4.8m (£3.7m).

Hair belonging to Marilyn Monroe on sale (Moments in Time)
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The lock of hair from Battelle’s collection is for sale on Moments in Time for $16,500 (£12,800).

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