Lot #2114
The Who Signatures with Clipped Hair from Pete Townshend and Keith Moon

Full 1966 autographs of The Who, with clipped Moon and Townshend hair samples
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Estimate: $3000+


Full 1966 autographs of The Who, with clipped Moon and Townshend hair samples

Vintage circa 1996 autograph album, 6 x 4.25, signed inside on adjacent pages in ballpoint by Pete Townshend, John Entwistle, Roger Daltrey, and Keith Moon, with both pages bearing tape-affixed clusters of hair belonging to Moon and Townshend. The album also contains signatures belonging to Rolling Stones musicians Mick Jagger and Bill Wyman. In very good condition, with heavy overall wear to the much-loved album, all pages and covers loose, and old tape stains throughout.

Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Tracks, and by a letter of provenance from the original recipient: “My friend and I were going to a gig at The in Crowd, Mare Street, Hackney, London E8 on 15th January 1966 to see the Who. We got there early and while we were waiting outside the club someone mentioned to us that all of The Who were in a pub just along the road so we went along to see for ourselves. Sure enough they were inside and it was empty of people.

We got chatting to them & I asked if we could have some of their hair. Keith Moon & Pete Townshend were up for it so I asked the barman if he had any scissors. As luck would have it, he did & he let me borrow them. I stood on a chair to cut Pete’s hair & he asked me not to take too much off. My friend then cut some of Keith’s hair. We got all their signatures while we were there and then later we split the hair cuttings between my friend and myself and wrapped them in tissue until we got home. We did lose a few strands along the way. I’ve kept what is left of the hair in the autograph book since that day.”

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Marvels of Modern Music
  • Dates: #636 - Ended May 19, 2022

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