Crazy about your favorite pop star? So much so that you would part with a big chunk of cash to own a bit of a stage get-up or a personal item?
A lock of Mick Jagger's hair was picked up at London's renowned Bonhams auctioneers Wednesday. A snip at under $6,000? Someone certainly thought so.
The clump of hair was sold by the Rolling Stone singer's former girlfriend, Chrissie Shrimpton, who told Bonhams the lock was saved by her grandmother, without her knowing, when Mick and Chrissie were staying at her parents' farm in the 1960s.
An anonymous buyer picked up the unusual item for twice its estimated price, and all proceeds were to be donated to the Changing Faces charity.
But if that sale seems out of the ordinary, you'll be shocked to find out what else has sold for thousands—or hundreds of thousands—of dollars. CNBC has uncovered some items that brought mind-boggling figures at auction.
A savvy investment, an outrageous indulgence or a frenzied fad? You decide!
By Matt Clinch, CNBC.com
Posted 2 July 2013
This legendary brassiere with conical cups, designed by Jean Paul Gaultier, fetched a world-record $51,920 in London on Nov. 29, 2012—more than double the previous record for a Madonna outfit, set at Christie's in 1999.
The Material Girl wore the green silk and beaded corset on her Blond Ambition tour in 1990. The buyer, a private collector from the U.K., paid more than double the presale estimate.
Probably one of the most recognizable accessories in performance history, this rhinestone-studded glove immediately conjures the King of Pop.
Sold by auctioneer Darren Julien for $350,000 in November 2009, the item's sale price demolished top estimates of $30,000.
Winning bidder Hoffman Ma, of Hong Kong, paid $420,000 (with taxes and fees) for the modified golf glove, which Jackson wore for his moonwalk on Motown's 25th anniversary TV special in 1983.
Darren Julien sold this blue denim jumpsuit—worn at a rehearsal before a concert at San Quentin prison (and immortalized in the photograph known as "The Finger")—for $50,000 on Dec. 5, 2010, in Beverly Hills, Calif.
It was widely reported at the time that a Belgian collector snapped up the unusual piece after a fierce bidding war.
Self-proclaimed "Prince of Darkness" and heavy metal legend Ozzy Osbourne had a rather elaborate garage sale for charity in late November 2007 at Darren Julien's auction house in California.
Though the Black Sabbath frontman's prized offering was a coat with bat wings, the event—which brought in a total of $800,000—was littered with assorted memorabilia from his hell-raising days and his time on MTV's hit show "The Osbournes."
"We had Ozzy fans bidding against these sophisticated fine art buyers, which you don't see every day," Julien told USA Today at the time.
The Beatle's signature granny glasses attracted huge attention after a bidding war on the online auction website 991.com. Final bids were submitted just before midnight on July 7, 2007, but the selling price was never disclosed.
It was widely reported, however, that the tinted glasses were snagged by a British collector for a sum in the region of $1.6 million, the amount they were insured for.
This Bible, a gift from Elvis' Uncle Vester and Aunt Clettes in 1957, stayed in his possession until his death on Aug. 16, 1977.
Embossed with his name and annotated in his handwriting throughout, the book sold for $92,000 in September 2012 at an auction house in Stockport, England.
The sale's total value was more than $156,000. It included a set of The King's cuff links for $3,671 and shoes for $10,737; a pair of unwashed underpants failed to sell, as bids didn't reach the reserve price.
A stage entrance by the world-famous Godfather of Soul, James Brown, was not complete if he wasn't wearing one of colorful capes, a collection of which attracted serious money at Christie's in New York in July 2008.
The most iconic item was a denim jumpsuit featuring stud embellishments across the midsection that Brown wore when he performed before the "Rumble in the Jungle," the heavyweight fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman in Kinshasa, Zaire, in 1974.
The jumpsuit sold for $25,000, but it was outdone by a black cape that sold for $47,000. The total collection raised $857,562.
Rolling Stones icon Keith Richards might be better known for his epic guitar licks and altercations with drugs, but the Londoner was and still is a snappy dresser on stage.
A bright-red "Nudie's Suit"—named after Ukraine-born American tailor Nudie Cohn—was worn by Richards on stage on the group's 1973 European Tour.
In December 2010, it sold for $21,875 at Darren Julien's auction house.
A jacket the singer wore during the period of his influential 1975 studio album "The Basement Tapes" garnered $17,185 at a May 2012 sale by PFCAuctions.com.
The red-and-white striped garment, with swirls of gray and black, was fashioned from a Chumash Indian blanket.
It belonged to an acquaintance of Dylan, "who took an immediate liking to the one-of-a-kind jacket, despite the fact that it was a little too small for him," PFC said in a press release at the time of the auction. "Whilst wearing the jacket, Dylan split the back and arm open but this has since been stitched."
Mick Jagger's Hair: $5,954