Back in June, I blogged about a man who was selling supposed “Bigfoot hair” at an auction. And it seems that he was successful. The hair sample sold for $225 to a museum owner in Texas. And I’m glad the buyer is going to have the hair sample tested, but wouldn’t it have made more sense for the seller to get it tested before selling it as Bigfoot hair? Oh wait, when it comes back as something explainable, then the hair is worth zilch. Silly me.
A lock of hair suspected to belong to the creature Bigfoot, aka Sasquatch, has been sold by Lufkin resident Ty Shafer, to a museum owner in Austin.
The lock of hair was sold for $225 at the Nacogdoches Auction last Saturday. Other auctions items included a vintage bedroom set, antique dolls and a 1950 Schwinn bicycle, according to GrindTV.com. However, the lock of Bigfoot hair was the item of interest for Steve Busti, owner of the Museum of the Weird in Austin, Texas.
Shafer said Busti will have the hair tested to see if it belongs to a human, animal or something else. Could it be Bigfoot, the legendary ape-like creature?
“I think it is really good that they are going to test the hair and see if it matches up to anything with DNA testing,” Shafer said.
According to www.museumoftheweird.com, the lock of hair will be added to the existing Bigfoot exhibit at the museum that includes alleged Bigfoot tracks in plaster cases.
Shafer, a funeral director at Carroway Funeral Home, doesn’t have a shop, but sells novelty items online, in local auctions and by taking out classified ads every other Thursday in The Lufkin News. Originally from Amarillo, Shafer has been with Carroway Funeral Home for the past eight-and-a-half years. He said most people think the news about the hair is interesting, but others, including his mother in Amarillo, think it is funny.
“When I talked to my mom about it and told her it might be Bigfoot hair, she just started laughing,” Shafer said. “Most people think it is interesting, and people love mysteries.”
Shafer has been contacted by numerous people concerning the hair, including a writer from Yahoo! who researches all sorts of topics. The writer told him there have been recent sightings of Bigfoot in the area where the hair is from — Skookumchuch Lake in Washington state.
“There have been five or six sightings,” Shafer said.
Shafer is no stranger to the limelight, as some of the things he has bought over the years have garnered national attention. He has made a hobby out of looking for treasures on the Internet, at estate sales and inside storage units for sale. In fact, Shafer and his 1990 red Ferrari appeared on the History Channel’s “Cajun Pawn Stars” last month. According to history.com, “Cajun Pawn Stars” puts a Southern spin on the History Channel’s hit series “Pawn Stars” with a cast of quirky characters. Viewers who tuned in found that Shafer was unwilling to part with his Ferrari, which he bought from a dealership in Montgomery, Ala. Shafer said he has been contacted again by producers of “Cajun Pawn Stars,” and will be possibly featured on the show again in August about the Bigfoot hair.
And who knows what could be next for Shafer, as he said he now has in his possession a piece of coal from the Titanic.
And if he’s sold the hair, why would Cajun Pawn Stars be interested in talking to this guy about it? Also, Cajun Pawn Stars? Really? If reality TV was somehow anthropomorphized into a person, I would kill it, probably by stabbing it repeatedly in the face, and gladly go to prison for it.