After months of speculation and hype we can confirm that DJ and producer Andrew Weatherall is selling his beard on eBay. Not only is this exciting news for fans of the hugely celebrated selector, but it is also very exciting news for fans of beards. As THUMP found out first hand a while back, Weatherall's facial hair is a full and proud situation, its slightly weathered shade appropriately reflective of the man's years of tireless creativity.
Considering the weight of the beard and the prominence of its current owner, the hair is currently available for a very reasonable price. At the time of writing, the highest bid was £43.99. That being said, there have already been 20 bids made on the item and with another 6 days of bidding left, our economic experts suggest it is highly possible that the price will rocket. There is no 'buy it now' option.
The auction description is full of illuminating details about the beard, pointing out that it is a "true iconic piece of bonafide 120bpm trappins". It would seem that Weatherall is also viewing the beard as a long term investment, suggesting that the eventual owner can expect "a steady revenue stream from appearances worldwide". This is apparently down to Weatherall's booking agents who are insisting on "keeping the beard on their books". According to eBay user infbea0 the beard is currently available for Bar Mitzvah's and weddings.
Of course, the question really provoked by this is just how much are we prepared to pay for the beards of our favourite musicians? Rødhåd for example, could surely expect a sizeable return on his fuzz, given the journey his beard has gone on from Berlin secret to international superstar in recent years. Then there is the more rounded beard of Todd Terje, perhaps lacking in edge but more than making up for it in soul and dynamism. Andrew Weatherall's sale also details that the sale is for "cuttings of a used beard", perhaps suggesting that the sale of individual beard hairs could become a long term money-spinner.
We reached out to Andrew to ask him some questions about the sale, but unfortunately it is not something he is willing to comment on at this time.