'Short, bald and hairy' Kiwi man who was featured on Ellen back with hair-brained TradeMe auction

The self-confessed "short, bald and hairy" Kiwi man who recently went viral after his picture featured on the Ellen Show in the US is looking to bring hairy back, and raise a few dollars for charity at the same time, with a hair-brained auction on TradeMe.

Harley Neville was swamped with messages on social media after a picture of him was shown in the Ellen segment Why I Don't Have a Husband in early January.

Now, the 34-year-old Auckland filmmaker is looking to sell his hairy chest as advertising space on TradeMe with half of the profits going to help his furry friends at The Orangutan Project.

In what may be a world first marketing idea, Mr Neville is offering to have a company's logo shaved into his chest.

"Getting on the Ellen DeGeneres Show inspired me to think about how I can help out other furry creatures, so I have decided to sacrifice my foliage to stop the real rainforest getting destroyed.

"Today I am offering your brand the type of reach you can only dream of," his TradeMe auction reads.

In return for the investment Mr Neville promises an out of the box marketing scheme.

"I will shave your logo into my chest hair and post the images on my social media, I will also provide high quality professional photos for your own use wherever you see fit."

However, Mr Neville told 1 NEWS he is also happy to shave anything the auction winner requests onto his chest, not just a logo.

"It might be a romantic gift idea for Valentine's Day to have your partner's initials shaved onto my chest for example," he said.

Despite his new found fame on Ellen, Mr Neville says he is still "painfully single", but trying.

"Maybe appearing on the Ellen segment as a short, hairy and bald Kiwi man wasn't the most romantic drawcard," he admitted.

So far the auction, which finishes on Sunday February 11, has a bid of $100 placed on it, with Mr Neville hoping to make at least $1,000 to split between himself and the orangutan charity.

If you want a walking hairy placard follow the link to place your bid on TradeMe.

Harley Neville is back after appearing on Ellen with a new hair-brained scheme.
Harley Neville is back after appearing on Ellen with a new hair-brained scheme. Source: Harley Neville



What really happened to Rebel Without a Cause actress Natalie Wood?

Nearly four decades after his wife drowned, investigators are now calling 87-year-old actor Robert Wagner a "person of interest" in the death of Natalie Wood.

Since 1981, mystery and speculation have swirled around the death of the actress who had been nominated for three Academy Awards and appeared in "West Side Story" and "Rebel Without a Cause."

She was on a yacht with Wagner, actor Christopher Walken and the boat captain on Thanksgiving weekend of 1981.

After a night of drinking, her body was found floating in the water off California's Catalina Island.

She was 43.

Investigators initially ruled it an accident but reopened the case in 2011 to see whether Wagner or anyone else played a role after the boat's captain said he heard the couple arguing the night of her disappearance.

The coroner's office amended Wood's death certificate the next year to include "drowning and other undetermined factors."

Los Angeles County sheriff John Corina told CBS News in an interview that aired today that he doesn't believe Wagner has told the whole story about what happened during the boat trip.

"As we've investigated the case over the last six years, I think he's more of a person of interest now," Corina said.

"I mean, we know now that he was the last person to be with Natalie before she disappeared."

Asked whether he believed Wood was murdered, Cornia said: "I think it's suspicious enough to make us think that something happened."

After the interview aired, a sheriff's department spokeswoman, Nicole Nishida, played down the comments, saying there is nothing new with the case.

Investigators have said Wagner has not been interviewed since the probe was reopened.

They said in 2013 that they had tried at least 10 times to interview him but he refused.

Wagner has denied any involvement in his wife's death and no charges have been filed.

His publicist, Alan Nierob, declined to comment today.

Conflicting versions of what happened on the yacht have contributed to the mystery of her death.

Wood, Wagner and Walken had all been drinking heavily in the hours before the actress disappeared.

Wagner wrote in a 2008 memoir that he and Walken argued that night.

He wrote that Walken went to bed and he stayed up for a while, but when he went to bed, he noticed that his wife and a dinghy that had been attached to the yacht were missing.

Surfer footprints on sandy beach with green waves breaking at Wainui Beach, Gisborne, New Zealand
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Global music superstar Celine Dion to perform in New Zealand this winter

Global singing sensation Celine Dion is coming to New Zealand.

The French-Canadian singer will bring her World Tour to Auckland this winter.

She'll perform at Spark Arena on August 11.

Dion is best known for her Oscar winning song My Heart Will Go On which featured on the blockbuster film Titanic.

NICE, FRANCE - JULY 20:  Celine Dion performs at Allianz Riviera Stadium on July 20, 2017 in Nice, France.  (Photo by Tony Barson/Getty Images)
Celine Dion. Source: Getty