LOCK OF ELVIS PRESLEY'S HAIR - This rare and interesting item is a lock of Elvis Presley's hair cut by Homer M. Gilleland, known as "Mr. Gill". He cut Gladys Presley's hair in the 1950's at Goldsmiths Department Store in Memphis, Tennessee and when Elvis became famous he asked his mother's hairdresser to cut his hair and he continued to cut his hair until Presley's death in 1977. Homer Gill Gilleland toured with Elvis for more than 20 years and woud dye the singer's hair black and then cut it, saving locks of hair in a towel. Friends of Mr Gilleland said he would then bundle up the towel, with hair inside, and take it home in a bag. After Elvis` death in 1977, Mr Gilleland started selling locks of the hair in a souvenir shop on the street opposite the singer`s home Graceland in Memphis in the US. This particular lock of hair currently up for auction (containing around 30 - 40 individual strands) was given to the vendor over 20 years ago by a gentleman she was dating at the time and who owned the souvenir shop across the road from Graceland. It comes with a photocopy of the letter of provenance written by Home Gilleland which was given with the locks that were sold - it also comes attached to one of the original embossed cards that were sold with the hair.
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