Casino to make roulette ball from Jackson hair as 'tribute'

Strands of Michael Jackson's hair are set to be turned into a roulette ball.

Strands of Michael Jackson's hair are set to be turned into a roulette ball. bought the locks of the late singer's hair – which were retrieved when he stayed at the Carlyle Hotel in New York before his 2009 death from a Propofol overdose – for $10,871 (€8,375) and plan to use them to create the unusual "tribute" to the singer.

The company said in a statement on their website: " is delighted to announce that is has acquired some of pop legend Michael Jackson’s hair for $10,871, which will now be transformed into a one-off roulette ball.

"As big Michael Jackson fans, we were left deeply saddened when he passed away in 2009. And to thank him for the years of entertainment he gave us, we wanted to create a unique tribute to the undisputed King of Pop.

"So when we found out that a sample of his hair was to be auctioned off, we seized this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to do just that."

The company said that it is fitting that the roulette ball will be used to entertain people as the 'Thriller' singer did throughout his life.

They said: "As its proud new owners, we have decided to convert Michael Jackson’s hair into a roulette ball – an appropriately unique way to immortalise a small part of a truly peerless entertainer.

"The ball itself will be made to the highest professional standards, ensuring it will be eligible for use at any licensed casino’s roulette table. Indeed, considering Jackson dedicated his life to entertaining millions, the prospect of this very special ball captivating crowds at roulette tables seems like a fitting use for it.

"We would therefore like to encourage any casino interested in using this unique ball at its tables to contact us. Together, we can ensure Michael Jackson continues to rock and ‘ROLL’ forever."

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