A moustache that was once attached to the upper lip of comedian Charlie Chaplin, has been sold at auction for close to £50.
The moustache had been kept as a souvenir by Elsie Tancock for more than 70 years, but when she died aged 87 in August, her relatives decided to cash-in on the relic, and contacted Christie's in London.
They weren't interested, but told the vultures to contact No Frills Auctions of Boston Spa, a company that specializes in such items. They sold it to a collector on Thursday, for a privately-agreed sum.
Elsie acquired the moustache from Chaplin in 1949, after winning a bet. She bet him that she wasn't wearing any underwear.
In later years, and especially the 1980s, the moustache became much-sought-after, and various TV and film stars tried, in vain, to get Elsie to part with it. Several members of the cast of 'Brookside' were amongst them, but the only person who came anywhere near to doing so, was Kevin Lloyd who played Tosh in 'The Bill', who borrowed it during production of the show.
The buyer says that he has bought the moustache for 'private use', and will not, as had been rumored, be displaying it for public viewing.