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Published: Monday August 25, 2014 MYT 8:00:00 AM
Updated: Monday August 25, 2014 MYT 5:02:26 PM

Willie Nelson’s braids can be yours for RM190k

Legendary country crooner’s legendary braids hit the auction block and they’re expected to fetch up to US$60,000 (RM189,674).

Expected to fetch between US$50,000 to US$60,000, the braids were cut in the 1980s when Nelson’s hair was still red and will be sold on Oct 5 in an auction of items owned by the late Waylon Jennings, Nelson’s cohort in the “outlaw country” music movement of the 1970s, says Arlan Ettinger, president of the Guernsey’s auction house, which will conduct the sale.

Jennings was given Nelson’s braids at a 1983 party thrown by Johnny Cash and June Carter in his honour after Nelson cut his hair to celebrate of Jennings’ recent sobriety. “In the spirit of friendship that lived between these two ‘brothers of the road,’ Willie light-heartedly congratulated Waylon with his red-headed braids,” said Jessi Colter, Jennings’ former wife.

Who's 'abraid' of Willie Nelson? The country music legend's (seen here at the Grammy Awards in January this year) braids that are going up for auction were originally a gift to fellow musician and close friend Waylon Jennings in 1983, when Nelson's hair was still red. – Reuters

The Remembering Waylon auction will also feature a pair of cowboy boots originally made for Hank Williams and an Ariel Cyclone motorcycle that music great Buddy Holly bought in 1958. The motorcycle was given to Jennings as a birthday present by members of Holly’s band after Holly was killed in a small plane crash. Jennings was supposed to have been on the doomed flight but gave up his seat to singer J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson.

Another item up for auction is the original contract forming the country supergroup The Highwaymen, signed in August 1989 by Jennings, Nelson, Cash and Kris Kristofferson. It is expected to bring in US$80,000 to US$100,000.

Jennings, who had a cocaine addiction for several years, died in 2002 at age 64 from complications with diabetes. His hit songs included Ladies Love Outlaws, Are You Ready For The Country, Bob Wills Is Still The King, Luckenbach, Texas and duets with Nelson on Good Hearted Woman and Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys. – Reuters

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