Tuesday, 4 September 2007

Lock of Che Guevara's Hair for auction

A former CIA operative and Cuban exile plans to auction what he says is a lock of Che Guevara's hair, snipped before the Argentinean revolutionary and friend of Fidel Castro was buried in 1967.

Gustavo Villoldo, 71, was involved in Guevara's capture in the jungles of Bolivia. He plans to auction the hair and other items kept in a scrapbook since the joint CIA-Bolivian army mission 40 years ago.

The scrapbook also holds a map used to track down Guevara in Bolivia, photos of Guevara's body, intercepted messages between Guevara and his rebels and a set of Guevara's fingerprints taken before his burial.

“It's hard to predict how much the collection will net at auction because there is nothing comparable on the market” said Tom Slater, of Heritage Auctions of Dallas, where the items will be sold on Oct. 25/26.

I’m told that weight for weight, celebrity hair is the world’s costliest commodity.

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