To further prove human beings will spend good money for just about anything during the holiday season, David Ortiz's recently shaved beard sold for an astonishing $10,877.77 in an online auction this weekend.
Big Papi and teammate Shane Victorino parted with their infamous beards — which became a staple for the World Series champion Boston Red Sox — in a special event hosted by Gillette on Nov. 4. Afterwards, the trimmings were collected and literally shaped into hairballs in preparation for the auction. The actual Fusion ProGlide Styler used in the shave and a card of authenticity signed by Ortiz were also included in the package.
The $10,877.77 paid by an unknown bidder is a significant sum considering what other hair has sold for. In July, a clump of Mick Jagger's hair sold for $6,000. A lock of hair from former U.S. president John F. Kennedy sold for $1,800 in October.
The price paid is also more than what a collector paid for a clump of Mickey Mantle's hair in 1997 ($6,900). Hundreds of strands of Ted Williams' hair only sold for only $780 in an auction in 2009.
All proceeds will go to Movember, a men's health charity that encouraged men to grow mustaches in November, while raising money and awareness for prostate and testicular cancer.
That's a valuable clump of hair (and razor). When reached by Rovell, Ortiz was more than happy with the results.
"I'm smiling bro," Ortiz said, via text message. "This is great. It has been a year to remember and I'm loving what we just did here. But what really matters most is raising money to fight cancer."
Shane Victorino's beardball earned a respectable $3,750.69, so the auction would have to be considered an overwhelming success. But, of course, that didn't stop the fine people on Twitter from sharing their opinions on Boston's beards.
Moron of Century. Unless they own a cloning machine. Then, SMART. RT @darrenrovell: Trimmings from David Ortiz' beard just sold for $10,877
— Michael Yanikoski (@MYanikoski) December 1, 2013
Eww. People are pretty stupid. RT @darrenrovell Trimmings from David Ortiz' beard just sold for $10,877.
— Jamie Nelson (@JOwenAK) December 1, 2013
— inGENIoUS (@KingPamon28) December 1, 2013
Lighten up, folks. It's all for a good cause. OK, and maybe it's slightly creepy, but try to keep your focus on the big picture. Those clumps of hair may not have made a real difference in the baseball world, but they're making a difference in the real world.
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