Friday, October 26, 2007

Selling Che Guevara

If it wasn't enough that his visage is on every damn t shirt around the planet, a lock of Che Guevara's hair was recently sold:

A lock of socialist revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara's hair and related items were auctioned on Thursday in Dallas to a Houston-area bookstore owner for the very capitalist sum of $119,500.

The curious collection had belonged to Gustavo Villoldo, 71, a former CIA operative who helped hunt Guevara down in the jungles of Bolivia in 1967 and who claims he cut off the lock before burying the guerrilla fighter with two of his comrades.

There was media speculation that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, a leftist who greatly admires the iconic Guevara, would bid for the items.

In the end, it went to Houston-based Bill Butler.

"Butler ... is thrilled to own items from Che (and) will display them in his store," said Kelley Norwine, vice president of marketing for Heritage Auction Galleries, which auctioned the mementos.

Ãmazing how he's become almost a saint, isn't it? Even more so the way in which his chikdren were recently in Iran....and we told that their father had been a big believer in God, in Allah.....most amusing really, for as a communist, of course, he was an atheist.

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