Not only their music has been making millions for 50 years, now the hair of Rolling Stones pair Mick Jagger and Keith Richards is also worth a fortune.
A lock of Mick Jagger’s hair is up for sale at auction house Bonhams next month with a guide price of between $2,400 and $3,000. Meanwhile, a clump of Keith Richards’s mop has just sold for $1,400.
Mick Jagger’s hair was snipped from his mane in the early 1960s and kept by relatives of one of his first girlfriends, Chrissie Shrimpton, a Covent Garden secretary he famously dated while a student at the London School of Economics.
Their romance marked a period when Mick Jagger lived with fellow Stone Keith Richards in Mapesbury Road, Kilburn, and then Holly Hill, Hampstead. Chrissie Shrimpton, sister of model Jean Shrimpton, lived with the two rockers.
The lovers got engaged and moved into a mansion block in Regent’s Park before Sir Mick – just plain old Mick Jagger back then – backed away and they split up without reaching the altar.
The guide price for the lock of hair is between $2,400 and $3,000. It is among a large collection of music and movie memorabilia, amassed from different sources, being sold by the famous auction house in Knightsbridge.
Not only their music has been making millions for 50 years, now the hair of Rolling Stones pair Mick Jagger and Keith Richards is also worth a fortune
The brown hair comes in “a small paper envelope” with a statement of provenance to reassure doubters.
Bonhams’ catalogue guide says: “The statement from Chrissie Shrimpton confirms that, unbeknown to her at the time, this lock was saved by her grandmother when Mick and Chrissie were staying at her parents’ farm.
“Apparently, on her grandmother’s death, the hair passed to Chrissie’s aunt.
“When she died, the hair was returned to Chrissie by a cousin taking care of personal effects.”
Money raised from the sale of the hair will go to Changing Faces, a charity which supports people with disfigurements.
Also among the lots is an “automated” tweeting birdcage which Mick Jagger gave to Chrissie Shrimpton on her 21st birthday. The relationship with Chrissie Shrimpton, now 67, ran from 1963 to 1966. The auction in Knightsbridge is on July 3.
The clump of Keith Richards’s hair was cut from his head by 16-year-old fan Maggie Richardson in the Stones’ dressing room in Preston, Lancashire, in 1964.
Whitney Houston’s personal effects, which went on the first public sale since the singer’s death in February, raised $18,750 on Saturday.
Whitney Houston’s earrings worn in 1992 film The Bodyguard went under the hammer for $2,812 at a two-day auction of Hollywood greats’ treasures, alongside other items that once belonged to the late singer.
The Hollywood Legends sale of stars’ possessions was held at Julien’s Auctions which is just down the road from the Beverly Hilton Hotel, where Whitney Houston was found dead aged 48.
A grey velvet gown Whitney Houston wore to music mogul Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy party in 1996 went for $11,250.
Pearl drop earrings worn by Whitney Houston in The Bodyguard were sold for $2,812, while a vest she sported in the film commanded $3,437.
Pearl drop earrings worn by Whitney Houston in The Bodyguard were sold for $2,812 at The Hollywood Legends sale on Saturday
Other items included a plum velvet dress, which brought $7,500, and a black and gold pants outfit that fetched $2,125.
Other lots include Charlie Chaplin’s iconic cane, a suit and his driving license, a Superman costume and a vintage Christian Dior gown worn by Princess Diana.
Clark Gable’s riding jacket from Gone with the Wind is expected to fetch between $10,000 and $15,000.
Charlton Heston’s screen robe, staff and tablets from The Ten Commandments will go under the hammer too.
Julien’s Auctions owner Darren Julien has revealed over 50 friends, family and former colleagues have contacted his office offering to sell items since her tragic death at the age of just 48 in February 11.
Darren Julien said: “This is something that commonly happens after somebody passes … especially someone with the status of Whitney Houston. Her items can increase 10, 20 even 30 times compared to their previous value prior to her death. These items become part of history really.
“Whitney is a legend so it’s definitely an appropriate auction for her. It’s a reason to celebrate her life, not put these items in a box under the bed … Her items are now more sought after.”
Darren Julien believes bids for Whitney Houston’s dresses will reach tens of thousands of dollars because she is someone “that will maintain a collectability” because of her incredible career.