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Lock of Justin Bieber's hair sells for $40,668 (US) in charity auction

Justin Bieber pre-haircut: This is the coiffed head from which the shorn locks were harvested.

Justin Bieber's legions of fans can no longer say the teen sensation's famous hair is priceless.

A lock of Bieber's hair that was salvaged from his recent haircut sold for $40,668 (US) on Wednesday, with the winning bid coming from the online casino GoldenPalace.com.

The hair was enclosed in a Plexiglas box signed by the Stratford, Ont., singer.

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The auction was inspired after talk show host Ellen DeGeneres tweeted that she wanted a lock of Bieber's hair for her birthday, and the two-time Grammy nominee then appeared on her show to deliver the gift.

Proceeds from the auction will go to the Gentle Barn Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides a safe haven for abused children and farm animals.

GoldenPalace.com has won similarly high-profile auctions in the past, including the purchase of Montreal-raised TV star William Shatner's kidney stone.

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