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Snips & Clips from the Rich & Famous

Peter Davidson, The National Enquirer - 7/2/2002
 
John Reznikoff combs the world for snippets of hair from dead celebs-and his collection is worth a hair-raising fortune.

"I have the world's largest collection," declared Reznikoff, the mane man at University Archives Inc, of Westport, Conn. He's been gathering historical documents, valuable autographs and hair since 1979, and his souvenir strands are now worth $10 million, Reznikoff told The ENQUIRER. He sells to other collectors and memorabilia traders around the world.

Among his most valued locks, which he keeps in a hermetically sealed vault, are samples from the heads of Elvis, John F. Kennedy, Abraham Lincoln, Geronimo, George Washington and Marilyn Monroe. "Marilyn's hair came from Allan Abbott, the man who embalmed her," said Reznikoff, who purchased the snippet in 1991. The craze is not hair today gone tomorrow-its roots go way back, says Reznikoff.

"Before getting autographs became popular, people clamored for locks of celebrity hair. It's a very old tradition that dates back to Victorian England." And it's still going strong, especially in England where a famed memorabilia dealer is doing a brisk business in historic hair. "It's a chance to own an actual piece of celebrity," explains Poppy Collinson, manager of Fraser's Autographs in London. Celebrity hair strands often are sold mounted and framed with a certificate of authenticity and a photo of the personality.

Many sell for as little as $700. Thanks to their haircutters, bits of Marilyn Monroe, Elvis and John F. Kennedy are up for sale.

You can also own a piece of Napoleon Bonaparte: Five brown hairs plucked from the French Emperor's head while he was in exile after his defeat at Waterloo. One of the most unusual snippets was snipped from Abraham Lincoln-a single strand taken by his attending physician, Dr. Charles Sabin Taft, while the wounded President lay on his deathbed. If you'd like a close brush with a Founding Father, a single hair from George Washington is also available. It was part of a lock originally owned by Eleanor Parke Custis, granddaughter if Martha Washington from her first marriage.

Hairs from living celebs are also available-including snippets from ex-Beatle Paul McCartney. "We're selling five dark brown hairs that were obtained by Beatles' fan club president Freda Kelly on July 13, 1966," said Collinson. "It's a remarkable opportunity."

UA News

CBS News Consults "Reznikoff...One of The Best in the World" Date: 11/07/2013
Inaugural Items - History For Sale Date: 01/17/2013
Authenticating Ronald Reagan Date: 02/08/2011
Obama Jeep Date: 09/13/2010
Historic JFK Relics at University Archives Date: 11/24/2009
NBC 30 CONNECTICUT - JFK's Lincoln Continental Date: 10/25/2009
An Introduction to University Archives Date: 10/21/2009
Michael Jackson's hair to be turned into diamonds Date: 07/30/2009
For Collectors, These Locks Are Golden Date: 11/17/2008

Expert witness

Expert Witness Testimonials - John Reznikoff Date: 10/01/2012
John Reznikoff, Questioned Document Examiner Date: 03/27/2012
Authenticating Abraham Lincoln Signatures Date: 11/12/2009
CBS 2 - JFK's Lincoln Continental Date: 10/25/2009

Appraisals and Authentication

Reznikoff Analyzes Mark Hofmann Forgeries Date: 10/15/2013
Authenticating Lyndon B. Johnson Date: 09/15/2013
X Marks the Spot - Truro Massachusetts Date: 08/01/2013
Bonnie & Clyde Bullets Date: 01/15/2013
Tools of the Trade Date: 12/15/2012
Bruce Lee Focus Mitts Date: 10/15/2012
Robert E. Lee's Most Important Order Date: 03/22/2012
JFK Authentication John Reznikoff Part 2 Date: 12/07/2010
JFK Authentication John Reznikoff Part 1 Date: 12/07/2010
Historic Lincoln Relics at University Archives Date: 12/21/2009
Terminology Used in Describing Autographs and Documents Date: 11/29/2009
Authenticating George Washington Signatures Date: 11/23/2009
Tools and Technology for Authenticating Historic Documents and Letters Date: 11/05/2009
Ernest Hemingway's Typewriter - Ultra Rare Relic For Sale Date: 11/04/2009
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