David Bowie's Hair Sold for Over $18,000 at Auction

Wigmaker kept lock of singer's hair after replicating it for wax figure

A lock of David Bowie's hair, circa 'Let's Dance,' could fetch $4,000 at auction. Credit: Tony Mottram/Getty Images

Call it a modern-day relic. A clipping of David Bowie's bouffant blonde coiffure, circa Let's Dance, sold for over $18,000 (or £13,700) from Heritage Auctions, the Beverly Hills–based auction house. 

The item description in the auction explains why a clipping of David Bowie's hair from his commercial peak still exists. "A snippet of the singer's pale blonde hair, tied together with blue thread, affixed to the upper left corner of a black and white photograph depicting Bowie standing next to the current owner [a young woman who worked as a Wig Mistress at Madame Tussauds in London], she had the enviable task of recreating Bowie's 1983-era hairdo for his wax figure that was being created for the famous museum," it says.

"After she snipped this chunk of Bowie's hair (so its color could be duplicated for the wax figure's wig), she kept it for a souvenir as she was a huge Bowie fan," it continues. "Included is a signed letter from the Wig Mistress outlining how she obtained this hair, plus some other related documents. ... (Please note the plastic frame the hair and photograph are in is dirtied due to age.)"

The lock of hair is approximately two inches long. The photograph is seven inches by nine and a half. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Soi Dog Foundation, which aims to improve the welfare of cats and dogs in Thailand.

David Bowie's iconic style left a mark on generations of fans. Watch his style transformation here.