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Ellen DeGeneres, right, listens to Canadian singer Justin Bieber as she holds a box containing strands of his hair during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The hair will be auctioned off and the proceeds donated to Gentle Barn. (Michael Rozman/AP)
Ellen DeGeneres, right, listens to Canadian singer Justin Bieber as she holds a box containing strands of his hair during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The hair will be auctioned off and the proceeds donated to Gentle Barn. (Michael Rozman/AP)

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Justin Bieber's hair is so famous that it's raising thousands of dollars for charity. The teen singer gave a lock of his recently shorn mop to Ellen DeGeneres this week, telling her it should be used for the greater good.

"I'm giving pieces of it to different people," the Biebs said. "We're doing something special. We want you to donate it to whatever charity you want."

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Doing as told, Ms. DeGeneres has put the hair up for auction on eBay.

The bidding had reached $7,000 (U.S.) as of 6 p.m. on Thursday. The auction ends March 2. All proceeds will go to the Gentle Barn, a charitable organization that helps abused animals and at-risk children.

Just who else will be getting locks of Bieber-hair, and what charitable causes they'll use it for, remains to be seen. One thing that can be said for sure is that selling Justin Bieber's hair for charity ranks pretty low on the scale of wacky things celebrities have done to raise money for a cause.

In 2008, busty pop star Katy Perry made a cast of her chest that she then auctioned off in a benefit for the Keep a Breast Foundation's youth outreach program.

Also putting her best assets forward, Charlize Theron auctioned off a make-out session with her to raise money for OneXOne in 2009. The smooch was the cherry on top of a package that included a trip to South Africa with World Cup 2010 tickets, a safari and a meet-and-greet with Nelson Mandela. The winning bid came from a woman who shelled out $140,000. She got her kiss.

Jumping on the strong desire for celebrity body fluids, Scarlett Johansson auctioned off a used tissue on eBay in 2008. Profit from her snot-rag went to support USA Harvest, a hunger charity.

Apparently, if it grows on a celebrity body, can be done to a celebrity body or emits from a celebrity body, it can rake it in for charity.

How much would you pay for a lock of Justin Bieber's hair?

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