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Saturday, June 04, 2005

BARBER GETS THE ROCKET!

NEIL ARMSTRONG

An Ohio barber has lost his most famous customer after he sold a plastic bag filled with Neil Armstrong's hair for $US3000.Armstrong, who was the first man to walk on the moon, used to get his hair cut about once a month at Marx Sizemore's barbershop in Lebanon, Ohio.

"He doesn't come in here anymore," Sizemore told the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Sizemore told the paper that he was approached a year ago by an agent for John Reznikoff, who is noted in the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest collection of hair from historical figures.

"First I told (the agent) I wasn't interested, but he kept at it," Sizemore told the paper. So Sizemore changed his mind and used the money to pay his bills.

"It's just picking up the trash on my floor after a haircut, anyway," he explained.

But when the famously private astronaut found out his hair had been sold, he confronted the 36-year-old barber and demanded he get it back.
When Sizemore told Armstrong that wasn't possible, the astronaut had his lawyer send the barber a letter threatening legal action if he doesn't return the hair or donate the proceeds to a charity of Armstrong's choice.

Sizemore isn't the first barber to profit from the hair of a customer. In 2002, Elvis Presley's former barber sold a mass of the King's curls for $115,120, gaining the world record for the most valuable hair clippings sold at auction.

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Reznikoff "doesn't usually look for specimens from living celebrities, because he doesn't want to encourage fans to go after their idols with scissors."

His collection includes clippings from Abraham Lincoln, John F Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, Albert Einstein, Napoleon, Elvis Presley, King Charles I and author Charles Dickens.
Sizemore? Seems like he has been named correctly! Size anything. :)

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