Justin Bieber hair cut charity auction
Justin Bieber hair cut charity auction. On 22 February 2011 Justin Bieber announced that he had cut his famous fringe and that the cut hair would be auctioned for charity. The first batch of hair was given to TV star Ellen Degeneres to auction for her favourite charity, The Gentle Barn. The bulk remainder of the hair was donated to Justin's favourite charity, Pencils of Promise.
Imogen Fox of the Guardian newspaper in London described Bieber's haircut: “It's become The Rachel of the male pubescent universe” referring to Jennifer Aniston's characher, Rachel, in TV show Friends.
Bieber's hair was cut by his stylist Vanessa Price who dubbed the new style 'Justin Bieber 2011'.
Bieber himself tweeted “yeah so it’s true…i got a lil haircut…i like it…and we are giving all the hair cut to CHARITY to auction. Details coming soon…” continuing to say “I just wanted a kind of a change. I didn’t want to cut it all off, but I had had it for three and a half years – I had just gotten sick of it. It was in my eyes. I didn’t want it in my face. I just wanted to change it up.”
According to specialist company A Small Piece of History a single one inch strand of Bieber's hair could sell for "as much as $250".
Historical hair of older stars is highly sought after. At an auction in the United Kingdom in 2009 a single strand of Elvis Presley hair sold for £1,055. In 2002 a small jar of Elvis hair clippings sold for $115,000 at auction in the USA.
In recent years locks from Babe Ruth have sold for $38,000 at auction, John Lennon for $48,000 and Che Guevara for $119,500.
Collecting hair dates back to Victorian times when a celebrity would give a lock of hair, instead of an autograph.
Harry Rubenstein, a curator at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History says "“more so than an autograph, it was a sign of affection".”
Historians have actually used hair from collectors to determine that Thomas Jefferson fathered a child with one of his slaves, and that Beethoven suffered from lead poisoning.
Sale of Justin Bieber hair
The first batch of Bieber's hair to head to auction sold in an eBay auction for $40,668 on 2 March 2011. Bieber had presented the hair to TV star Ellen Degeneres. The proceeds will be donated to Degeneres' chosen charity The Gentle Barn.
The remainder of the hair was donated to Justin's favourite charity, Pencils of Promise. This hair was offered to specialist collectibles company Paul Fraser Collectibles in return for a sizeable donation that was to be used to build a new school and increase educational opportunities in the developing world.
This hair is now available for sale at the A Small Piece of History website.