Posts Tagged ‘jewelry’

Now I’ve Seen Everything (Up To This Point)

February 23, 2012

As always, the Internet has proved to be a great source for my blog. So, will I write about an upcoming auction of a Little Caesar movie poster that will take place in Texas during the month of March, 2012? (There are only two posters from this film known to exist and this is one of them.)


Will I write about an auction that took place on February 9-11, 2012 that included The Amazing Spider-Man No. 1 comic book from 1963. The comic book was rated as an 8.5 (10 is the considered best) and sold for $23,400.00


So, what will I write about? Hair, namely celebrity hair. Believe it or not, I learned that that Paul Frasier Collectibles in England is selling strands of hair from celebrities such as Katherine Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, even Justin Bieber, just to name a few. Most of the strands sell for £49.95 ($78.69 USD), yet one strand sells for £149.95  ($236.24 USD) and a collection of hair, not just a few strands, sells for £35,000 ($55,142.51 USD).

Wow, some people will buy anything and more power to Paul Fraser for making a profit out of the hair. The thing is, what is someone going to do with a strand of hair? Clone the celebrity once it is possible to create a human being hair or tissue samples? Put it in a display case to astound friends and confuse enemies? I can see the point of buying a piece of clothing or jewelry that a celebrity owned, even a movie prop. They are things that are either pleasing to the eye or artfully rendered and, in the case of clothes and jewelry, they can be worn. You can’t wear a strand of hair.

Also, what about the case of celebrities that didn’t have children and any parents and siblings have since died. How can it be proven that the hair is really theirs? Do you call up relatives and a say “Excuse me, we have a strand of hair that may be from your cousin, Marilyn Monroe. Can you please give us a DNA sample, so that we can prove that the hair is really hers?” Personally, if there was a famous person in my family and his or her hair were to be auctioned off, I would charge for having to give a DNA sample. How much would I charge? Whatever the going price for the hair is, that is how much my DNA is worth.

I must say that having a strand of hair from a celebrity, especially a dead one, is creepy. No matter how tastefully the hair is displayed, it still came from a human being. It’s like displaying a skull or a jar with an eyeball floating in formaldehyde. As wonderful as the human body is, and it is, the body looks better and is less creepy when the parts aren’t disassembled and scattered hither and thither.

Then there’s the question of how the hair was acquired in the first place? In the case of Justin Bieber, it was acquired when he cut it on The Ellen Show. How did people get a hold of the hair of Elizabeth Taylor or Marilyn Monroe? Did a maid save some strands after Taylor or Monroe washed their hair? Did a beautician put a collection in a jar after a cut and styling session? Elvis’ barber did something like that and his collection of The King’s hair sold at auction for $33,657 in April 2003.

I guess this is just a case of there are people in the world with more dollars than sense. Yes, a person is entitled to spend his or her money as he or she sees fit and if that person wants a strand of Elizabeth Taylor, and can afford it, then fine, spend your money on Liz’s hair.  Yet, all the money in the world doesn’t take away the creep factor.


MastroNet Inc., Americana Premier Catalog Auction, Lots 1-670. #583 “Enormous Quantiy of Hair From the Head of the “King” – Elvis – Saved by His Personal Barber”, pages 206-207. April 23, 2003.




How To Spot A Fake

July 29, 2010

Since there is a huge demand for collectibles, works of art and designer goods, there is a shadow industry of counterfeiters that wants to meet this demand.  Not only are these people taking money from legitimate businesses by selling fake items, also the consumer is being cheated by having to pay their hard earned money for an inferior product. If that wasn’t bad enough, in many cases, the sale of counterfeit products helps to fund organized crime and terrorist organizations. So, selling counterfeit goods isn’t a victimless crime.

Still, how can a consumer protect him or herself? Here are some tips to remember when it comes to purchasing collectibles, works of art and designer goods.

  1. If possible, examine the item in question. Many times it is the little things that will show that an item is a fake. Logos that don’t look right, colors that aren’t crisp, details that aren’t rendered correctly and images that are blurry are signs that an item is counterfeit.
  2. Educate yourself. Read books and articles about the item you want to collect. Contact dealers and ask questions. The more you learn about how an item is and isn’t suppose to look, the less likely you are going to be fooled.
  3. If you are buying something online, read the description more than once to make sure you understand what is being sold and read the feedback comments. The comments should be a mix of sales and purchases and from different people.
  4. Related to number 3, if things don’t seem right, ask the seller for clarification. If the seller doesn’t answer your questions to your liking or doesn’t answer your question at all, don’t deal with that person.
  5. Use some common sense and realize that if something is too good to be true, it probably is. A real Rolex watch or Louis Vuitton bag would not be sold on a street corner or flea market. These companies invest a lot pride and money in their products and they would never allow their products to be sold at a place, like a street corner or flea market.

Yes, people will continue to make counterfeit goods, because there is a market for collectibles, antiques and jewelry. Still, when a person knows what to be on the lookout for, that person will be less like to buy a counterfeit good and have more money in his or her pocket for the real thing.