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Michael Jackson's hair auctioned off for $10,871

December 12, 2011 | 12:59 pm

Online gambling site pays $10,871 for the hair, which it plans to turn into a roulette ball.

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Just when you thought there were no more ways to immortalize (or, some would say, exploit) the late Michael Jackson, an online gambling site has added its name to the long list of companies finding inventive ways of celebrating the king of pop's legacy.

At an auction this weekend of Jackson memorbilia, casino portal OnlineGamblingPal.com purchased a clump of the singer's hair.

"Since we're big Michael Jackson fans, we are very pleased that we won the auction," Jack Mason, spokesperson for OnlineGamblingPal.com, said in a statement. "We had been looking for a fitting way in which to celebrate this entertainment colossus' life since his tragic death in 2009."

OnlineGamblingPal.com was one of 15 bidders and dropped a whopping $10,871 for the hair, which was reportedly fished out of a shower drain at New York's Carlyle Hotel after Jackson stayed there for a charity event during the 1980s.

Jackson’s tresses -- though for obvious reasons there are questions about the authenticity of the hair -- were  auctioned by online memorabilia merchant Gotta Have Rock and Roll.

And there are already big plans: The site is planning to use the hair in the creation of a roulette ball. And it “encourages any casino interested in using this unique ball at its tables” to contact it.

Gotta Have Rock and Roll also auctioned two fedoras worn by Jackson, a call sheet for the "Thriller" video shoot, signed “Billie Jean” sheet music and an autographed T-shirt. There were no takers for a handwritten note he used to remind himself to "Call Adam West,” or a map of Neverland.

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— Gerrick D. Kennedy

Twitter.com/GerrickKennedy

Photo: Michael Jackson waves to fans in Santa Maria, Calif., in 2005. Credit: Ric Francis / Associated Press

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