Sunday, 28 October 2007

'Che' Guevara articles sell for $100,000

A lock of dark brown hair, fingerprints and other artifacts from the capture and execution of Ernesto "Che" Guevara will soon be the property of a Houston-area bookstore owner.

. Items were sold by a man hired by the CIA to capture Che. Left: A 1958 photograph shows Che in Cuba. Other items sold included fingerprints and photographs of Che dead and alive.

Bill Butler of Rosenberg, Texas, bid $100,000 Thursday night to claim the items at a Dallas auction.

Held by Heritage Auction Galleries, the event drew television cameras and extra security but only Mr. Butler's bid, the seller's minimum price.

The items, including a map, letter and photographs of Che dead and alive, belonged to Miami resident Gustavo Villoldo, hired by the CIA to capture the guerrilla leader as he tried to foment rebellion in Bolivia.

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