Monthly Archives: February 2016

Creepy or collectible? Why people spend thousands of dollars to buy celebrities’ hair.


A U.S. auction house sold this clipping of John Lennon’s hair for $35,000. (Reuters/Heritage Auctions)

The haircut was like any other. John Lennon was preparing for his role as Gripweed in the film “How I Won the War.” The performance was unmemorable. So too was the coif. But on Saturday, nearly 50 years after it was chopped from his head, Lennon’s lock of hair sold for $35,000.

The clipping garnered triple the amount Dallas auctioneers expected it to sell for. And not because some crazed Lennon fangirl really wanted the lock for her “Hey Arnold!”-like shrine. The hair was in high demand by professional hair collectors — because that is an actual business. From George Washington to Justin Bieber, tresses of the famous are bought, sold and showboated across the country.

The $35,000 Lennon hairs. (AFP Photo/Courtesy Heritage

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Why Did Mark Fuhrman Collect Nazi Memorabilia? The Former Detective Reportedly Held Some Interesting Beliefs

The true crime series The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story continues to remind viewers of the bizarre twists and turns of that case and the people it cast into the national spotlight. After a very long investigation, a longer trial, and hours upon hours of media scrutiny, Simpson was acquitted for the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman. But, not everyone walked away: Detective Mark Fuhrman, charged with investigating the high-profile case, was eventually convicted of perjury in relation to the trial. There are many questions viewers may have about this enigmatic man, but one of the strangest may be this: Why did Mark Fuhrman collect Nazi memorabilia, of all things?

Fuhrman was a detective working on the original Simpson case in the mid-’90s, but he wasn’t just any detective. He was the detective who discovered the now-infamous bloodstained glove that

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These Trading Cards Tell You Everything You Need to Know About OJ Simpson Mania

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The trading cards.

Photo: Rembert Brown

Breaking: The first half of 2016 will henceforth always be known as “O.J.”

Seriously, we’re in a moment. Through June, it will be nearly impossible to keep O.J. Simpson (and the murder, and his days as an athlete, and his rise to Hollywood stardom, and the conspiracies, and the Bronco, and the Kardashians) far from mind. The immediate reason for this: The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, the FX mini-series that debuted on February 2 to considerable acclaim. Beyond the subject matter, the original hype was largely due to producer-director Ryan Murphy and his star-studded cast. In the first episode alone, you meet

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My Shameful Collectible: OJ-Trial Trading Cards

Breaking: The first half of 2016 will henceforth always be known as “O.J.”

Seriously, we’re in a moment. Through June, it will be nearly impossible to keep O.J. Simpson (and the murder, and his days as an athlete, and his rise to Hollywood stardom, and the conspiracies, and the Bronco, and the Kardashians) far from mind. The immediate reason for this: The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, the FX mini-series that debuted on February 2 to considerable acclaim. Beyond the subject matter, the original hype was largely due to producer-director Ryan Murphy and his star-studded cast. In the first episode alone, you meet Cuba Gooding Jr., acting almost too naturally as broken man O.J. Simpson; Courtney B. Vance as a pitch-perfect Johnnie Cochran; Sarah Paulson as the chain-smoking Marcia Clark; John Travolta as the comically incompetent Robert Shapiro; and, of course, His Holiness David Schwimmer

Read more at: http://www.vulture.com/2016/02/oj-simpson-trial-trading-cards.html