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Elvis' hair brings big bucks

A hunka hunka Elvis hair has a new home.

A wad of Presley's jet black locks, about the size of a baseball, sold at auction Saturday for $115,120. The bidder was anonymous.

MastroNet Inc., a suburban Oak Brook, Ill., Internet auction house, listed the hair in a sale that began last month and ended about 3:30 a.m. Saturday.

Bidding started at $10,000. Thirty-two bids were placed, said Julie Stoklosa, spokeswoman for MastroNet.

The Elvis locks were collected by the king of rock 'n' roll's former hairstylist, Homer "Mr. Gill" Gilleland, said Brian Marren, MastroNet vice president of acquisitions. Gilleland, now deceased, gave the hair to friend Tom Morgan, who sold it through the auction house.

The clippings, which Gilleland had in a plastic bag, are in a jar with a vacuum seal.

James denies assault allegations

Singer Rick James denied an allegation that he sexually assaulted a 26-year-old woman at his Los Angeles home last weekend, calling her a liar motivated by greed.

Police went to James' San Fernando Valley home with a search warrant Nov. 11.

"We have an allegation of a sexual nature by a female adult," police Lt. Horace Frank said Friday, refusing to comment further.

James, 50, best known for his 1981 hit Super Freak, and attorney Steffeny Holtz would not comment on specifics of the allegation.

James was convicted in 1993 of assaulting two women.

TV notes

Cedric the Entertainer Presents has earned a full-season order from Fox, making it the third first-year show on the network to be picked up. Fox has also ordered a full season of the Friday-night drama John Doe. The fate of the network's remaining freshman show, Joss Whedon's sci-fi Western Firefly, hasn't been decided, and the pretty young lawyers of girls club were sacked after just two weeks on the air. . . . UPN, which has had trouble with the post-Buffy time slot on Tuesday nights, will try to establish a new comedy there in January. Abby stars Sydney Tamiia Poitier, the daughter of acting giant Sidney Poitier, as a woman trying to balance her career and personal life after breaking up with a longtime boyfriend. The scheduling of Abby on Tuesdays closes the book on Haunted, which lasted seven episodes on UPN and was the lowest-rated new series of the season.

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