In a signed letter on the Heritage website, Farrier explained: ''Once hair samples were matched with any figures at Madam Tussauds they were discarded as a matter of course, so there was amusement when I asked to keep one from the selection taken from Bowie.''

''I can honestly and sincerely say that this is a genuine sample of David Bowie’s hair from 1983 that I cut from his head myself and have kept all these years.''

Hair-raising stuff, indeed.