c1960 Original Lock of Hair belonging to Jean Cocteau

£1,850.00




This is a chance to own an original memento, namely a lock of hair, from one of France’s greatest poets and a surrealist, Jean Cocteau.
The lock was in the collection of Alexandre of Paris, one of the world’s greatest hairdressers, who included amongst his customers famous actors, artists, members of royal families and the leaders of nations. Alexandre seems to have had a close relationship with Cocteau and devotes a whole chapter to him in his memoirs ‘Sous le Casque d’Alexandre’, referring to him as his muse. The lock of hair is enclosed in a heart shaped clear resin block, with the typewriter printed title: JEAN COCTEAU. The label is imbedded inside the resin, so cannot have been added later. The lock is about 5 cm (2 inches) long and is a deep brown colour and very curly. The heart shaped plaque is in very good condition and is part of a collection of encased locks of hair from illustrious people in the 1960s, that we are also listing for sale. The item comes with a hair fashion drawing signed by Alexandre.
Jean Cocteau (1889-1963) was a French poet, playwright, novelist, designer, filmmaker, visual artist and critic. He was one of the foremost creatives of the surrealist, avant-garde, and Dadaist movements; and one of the most influential figures in early 20th-century art as a whole. The National Observer suggested that "of the artistic generation whose daring gave birth to Twentieth Century Art, Cocteau came closest to being a Renaissance man." He is best known for his novels Le Grand Écart (1923), Le Livre blanc (1928), and Les Enfants Terribles.
Size: 13 x 11 x 0.6 (5 1/8 x 4 3/8 x ¼ inches)
Weight: 59g