Waylon Jennings Auction Includes Handwritten Letter to John Lennon, Willie Nelson’s Braids

By Courtney E. Smith

Phoenix’s Musical Instrument Museum will host an auction of Waylon Jennings memorabilia this October, put together by his widow, Jessi Colter.

The auction is set to feature over 2,000 items, including an Ariel Cyclone motorcycle originally owned by the great Buddy Holly and gifted by him to Jennings, who was Holly’s bass player on his final tour.

Oh, and then there’s Willie Nelson‘s braids, which he cut off in 1983 to support Jennings’ road to sobriety. Yes, you can own Willie Nelson’s hair.

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Also in the auction: the original signed contract for the establishment of the Highwaymen, a handwritten letter to Jennings from John Lennon and a custom pair of Nudie cowboy boots emblazoned with a white “H” for original owner Hank Williams.

Fans who can’t get to Phoenix for the auction will be able to purchase a catalog from Guernsey’s, the auction house handling the event, that details each item in the sale, for $32.

Guernsey’s has previously handled auctions from the estates of the Jackson family, the Dick Clark collection and the Astrid Kirscherr Beatles Archive, among many others.

Jennings died in February of 2002 from complications of diabetes, after a series of health problems.


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