Revolutionary Roots: Che's Hair for Sale

Rumors say Chavez of Venezeula is interested 'mystery buyer'
By Zach Samalin,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 25, 2007 7:40 PM CDT
Revolutionary Roots: Che's Hair for Sale
Hair collected after the death of Ernesto "Che" Guevara, is shown Wednesday Oct. 24, 2007. The dogmatic Marxist whose iconic picture has gradually become a popular, even sometimes fashionable commodity since the Argentinian was killed in a Bolivian jungle in 1967. (AP Photo/Amy Conn-Gutierrez)   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – A scrapbook including photos of Che Guevara's corpse, hand-written letters from comrades-in-arms, and a lock of the revolutionary's hair snipped after he was shot to death are on a Dallas auction block with a starting price of $100,000. The collection belongs to a former CIA operative who helped track, kill, and bury Che 40 years ago in Bolivia, Reuters reports.

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The auction has attracted international attention, including that of notable Che admirer Hugo Chavez, observers say. "We shipped a catalog overnight detailing the items to a very interested Venezuelan buyer," said a gallery official, adding that the strand may prove whether it was indeed Che's remains reburied in Cuba. The gallery has previously sold hair of Lincoln, Elvis, and Marilyn Monroe. (Read more Che Guevara stories.)

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