News-Antique.com - Oct 31,2016 - • Marilyn's personal hairdresser snipped the strands in June 1959
• The October 27 sale also saw artefacts from the first trans-Pacific flight make $20,000
• Lewis Carroll's personal copy of The Hunting of the Snark sold for almost $11,000
A lock of Marilyn Monroe's hair has sold for $10,177 at One of a Kind Collectibles' latest autographs sale – hosted online by auction aggregator JustCollecting.
Kenneth Battelle, Marilyn's hairdresser from 1958 to 1962, snipped the 35 strands from the actress on June 14, 1959 – just three months after the release of hit film Some Like It Hot.
Battelle placed the hairs in a 2.5- by 1.75-inch display box, complete with a photo of the star. He is said to have made several examples, presenting them to close friends.
It is a new record for a small lock of Marilyn's hair.
One of a Kind's founder, David Gindy, comments: "Even some 54 years since her passing, the icon of American culture continues to captivate fans around the world, as the record-setting lock of hair shows.
"Marilyn Monroe touched so many in so many ways. Marilyn's lock of hair can bring her fans an unparalleled sense of closeness and evoke precious memories of her."
TRANS-PACIFIC FLIGHT COLLECTION
A collection of unique artefacts from the first trans-Pacific flight auctioned for $20,060 at the October 27 sale.
In 1928, Charles Kingsford Smith and his three-man crew flew the first successful Pacific Ocean crossing - from Oakland, California to Brisbane, Australia, stopping only to refuel in Hawaii and Fiji.
In addition to photos and press clippings, the collection included the contract signed between Kingsford Smith, co-pilot Charles Ulm and navigator Harry Lyon. It stipulated Lyon would receive $1,500 for the trip and was forbidden to give interviews until back in the US.
"Our consignors enjoyed soaring records in this recent auction," said Gindy.
"Nowhere was this more evident than in the $20,000 bid by a savvy aviation fan, who scooped up an item from the landmark event of the first trans-Pacific flight. He truly purchased a piece of our country's history."
Lewis Carroll’s personal first edition copy of his The Hunting of the Snark poem also sold well. Signed "CLD" and dated "Mar. 30 1876" - the day after publication - it made $10,768.
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