Monday, September 3, 2007

Che Guevara's hair for sale

Gustavo Villoldo is ready to put the past behind him. He has been holding onto a snipped piece of Che Guevara's hair since the rebel leader was buried. He also has a scrapbook of his mission as a former CIA-Bolivian army leader, which he has put up for sale --alongside the hair -- for an October 25th and 26th auction.

Besides the thick strand of Che's sunburned hair, the auction winner inherits:

• The original map used by Villoldo and the Bolivian army to hunt down Che and his band of rebels, including the famed Tania. All had come to Bolivia to spark another Cuban-style revolution.

• Telegrams Villoldo received from then-Bolivian President Rene Barrientos about the progress of the mission.

• Photographs of a dead, shirtless Che on display in a laundry room sink in Bolivia. Prints and copyrights are included.

• Intercepted messages between Che and his rebels, which eventually led to their deaths after gun battles with the Bolivian army.

• And one of two sets of Che's fingerprints taken before burial. Villoldo kept one; Cuba has the other. Che's hands were eventually severed to prevent Cuba from identifying him easily.


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