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John Lennon hair lock sold for $35,000

Hair was cut off as he prepared for 1967 film role

A lock of John Lennon's hair has been auctioned for $35,000.

A German hairdresser kept a four-inch piece of the Beatle's hair before the star began filming the 1967 movie, How I Won The War.

It was purchased by UK collector Paul Fraser at Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas.

Heritage Auctions director Gary Shrum tells the BBC: "This is the largest lock of John Lennon's hair ever offered at auction and this world record price is a lasting testament to the world's more than 50-year love affair and fascination with Lennon and the Beatles."

Other Beatles items sold at the auction include a signed head-and-shoulders 'before shot' portrait of Lennon, taken prior to the haircut, which sold for $2125. A photograph of the band signed by all of the Fab Four went for $42,500, while an unused ticket for the band's first US concert in Washington DC in 1964 sold for $30,000.

The biggest seller was a rare sealed copy of the Liverpool outfit's US LP Yesterday and Today, which went for $125,000.

Meanwhile, the Beatles Sessions Tour kicks off in Liverpool's Echo Arena on March 30. The live show will see a cast of 45 recreate the Fab Four's Abbey Road studio experience onstage.

THE SESSIONS UK TOUR

Mar 30: Liverpool, Echo Arena
Apr 01: London, Royal Albert Hall – SOLD OUT
Apr 06: Brighton, Centre
Apr 30: Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena 
May 04: - Nottingham, Capital FM Arena
May 06: Newcastle, Metro Radio Arena 
May 07: Glasgow, The SSE Hydro 
May 08: Manchester, Arena
May 10: Aberdeen, Exhibition & Conference Centre (AECC)
May 12: Leeds, First Direct Arena
May 13: Birmingham, Barclaycard Arena
May 14: London, The SSE Arena Wembley
May 15: London, The O2

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