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Robbie Burns’ Bible


“My love is like a red, red rose T at’s newly sprung in June” A collector recently bought from us the bible


that Scotland’s much-loved national poet, Robbie Burns, used in his fi nal days. Just a week later a second buyer contacted


Winston Churchill’s False Teeth


Wartime leader Winston Churchill manages to stir the emotions like no other prime minister, unless you’re talking about Margaret T atcher in the poll tax years. Intimate pieces of his memorabilia consequently sell well at auction. A set of his dentures sold for £17,480 at


Bonhams in 2010, while one of his iconic half-smoked cigars also auctioned that year for £4,500. We recently sold a pair of his


tortoiseshell reading glasses for £25,000. Twelve months later the owner declined an off er of £30,000 for them – which would have provided a 20% yield in a year.


us off ering to buy it from the new owner for 150% of the original sale price. For both buyers the attraction of owning a beloved item, which off ers a tangible connection to Burns’ last moments on Earth, was too much to resist.


Famous Hair


Lord Nelson, Liz Taylor, John F Kennedy, even Justin Bieber… It’s amazing whose hair you can own. A


Paul Fraser, founder of Paul Fraser Collectibles www.paulfrasercollectibles.com


lock taken from the head of revolutionary Che Guevara’s head prior to his burial sold for $119,000 in 2007. But a warning! Buying and selling famous hair is not an investment we would recommend. T ere’s simply too much of it and the market is insuffi ciently mature. It really shouldn’t be in this list. But in terms of the amount of fun you can have building a collection it’s worthy of your attention. In fact, it’s our number one seller, and you’ll be amazed at the possibilities. T e provenance of many of our pieces of


hair adds considerably to their appeal. Our Marilyn Monroe hair comes from


her cut on the day in 1962 she sang “Happy Birthday Mr President” to John F Kennedy in New York. Our Justin Bieber hair was shorn from the star during his famous February 2011 haircut, when he said goodbye to his trademark mop head. Justin donated much of that hair to his favourite charity, Pencils of Promise. T ey contacted Paul Fraser Collectibles and we acquired the hair in return for a considerable donation that is helping build a new school in the developing world. Our Michael Jackson hair comes from his infamous 1984 Pepsi commercial, in which his hair caught fi re. Single strands start from £49.95. So if


you think a loved one would like a strand from Elvis Presley’s famous army cut in 1958, now’s your chance!


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