Julien’s turns up the volume for music icons sale June 19-20

The Police, Stewart Copeland’s stage-used drum kit. Estimate: $20,000-$30,000. Julien’s Auctions image

LOS ANGELES – Julien’s Auctions has a marquee lineup of pop music icons to power their auction on June 19-20 in Beverly Hills. Some of the most iconic memorabilia and important artifacts ever assembled, representing the legendary multigenre music artists of our time will be offered. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

One of the top items featured at this two-day music auction event of the year comes from none other than one of the most iconic and singular artists of the 20th century: Prince. The seven-time Grammy-winning pop music giant, whose death at the age of 57 shocked fans four years ago, played this custom-made 1984 blue cloud guitar – adorned with the artist’s distinguishing love symbols on the neck and gold hardware – at the height of his fame in the 1980s (below). It is one of the most important guitars from the early years of Prince’s career ever to come to auction as it is an early electric guitar custom built for the artist in his long association with Cloud guitars. This guitar is the first one on the printout with “#1” indicated next to it. The estimate for this rare and exceptional guitar is $100,000-$200,000.

Prince’s custom-made 1984 blue Cloud guitar, adorned with the artist’s distinguishing love symbols on the neck and gold hardware. Julien’s Auctions image

A rare page of handwritten working lyrics for Maxwell’s Silver Hammer by Paul McCartney, from the Beatles’ 1969 album Abbey Road, is another stellar addition the sale. The twenty lines of lyrics written in 1968 on a sheet of Apple Corps Limited, 3 Saville Row headed stationery, are incomplete and feature deletions and alterations, revealing some early variations to the final recorded version. The estimate for this piece of Fab Four history is $200,000-$300,000.

A trove of fascinating and provocative items from Jim Morrison will be spotlighted, including: his rare and historic “Paris Journal,” filled with handwritten thoughts and poems by the Doors’ legendary frontman and composed during the time he was living in Paris shortly before his death at the age of 27 on July 3, 1971 (estimate: $80,000-$100,000).

Jim Morrison’s legendary ‘Paris Journal.’ Julien’s Auctions image

A spectacular selection of country music iconoclast Johnny Cash’s most fabled professional and personal items including his white Yamaha baby grand piano used on tour by his pianist Earl Poole Ball from the late 1970s to 1997 accompanied by a matching bench and rolling road case emblazoned with The Johnny Cash Show (estimate: $60,000-$80,000); his black duster coat worn on the album covers for his 1994 album American Recordings and his 1996 album Unchained as well as in the iconic photograph of him holding a Martin acoustic guitar taken by Tamara Reynolds (estimate: $25,000-$30,000); and a three-piece black suit with floral embroidery worn by Cash while performing on The Johnny Cash Christmas Special 1979 and on stage multiple times in the 1970s and 1980s (estimate: $15,000-$25,000).

Johnny Cash’s three-piece black suit with floral embroidery. Julien’s Auctions image

Top items from another legendary icon headed to the auction stage who was known for his singular style and swagger is Freddie Mercury. British rock royalty Queen’s signed white album sleeve with an embossed Queen logo taken from the band’s Complete Works box set, one of 600 copies that were signed by the band (estimate: $4,000-$6,000) and Freddie Mercury’s 1981 stage and photoshoot worn white and red “FLASH” T-shirt (estimate: $6,000-$8,000).

Freddie Mercury’s ‘Flash’ T-shirt. Julien’s image

“This year’s edition of Music Icons offers an unsurpassed collection of over 700 music items to our thriving international market with something for every music lover and serious collector,” said Darren Julien, President/Chief Executive Officer of Julien’s Auctions.

View top auction results on LiveAuctioneers here: https://www.liveauctioneers.com/pages/recent-auction-sales/

William Bunch selling Philadelphia Hopkinsons’ archive June 23

Rembrandt Peale (American, 1778-1860), portraits of Richard Colgate Dale Jr (1810-1876) and Elizabeth Woodruff Dale, oils-on-canvas, signed ‘Rembrandt Peale 1857,’ each 30¾ x 25in (sight), exhibition labels from Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, carved and gilded frames. Hopkinson Family Archive. Estimate $10,000-$20,000. Bunch Auctions image

CHADDS FORD, Pa. – Philadelphia, America’s first capital and home to Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, is steeped in political, military and social history. Its cobblestone streets, 18th-century buildings and revered educational institutions bear the names of prominent families whose origins date back to colonial days. One such Philadelphia family, the Hopkinsons, can count among its illustrious ancestors the patriot and Declaration of Independence signatory Francis Hopkinson (1737-1791). A lawyer, judge, author, composer, merchant and holder of many high public offices, Francis Hopkinson is also distinguished for having designed Continental paper money, the first United States coin, and early versions of the American Flag.

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Quality, high condition dominate Milestone’s June 27 Premier Firearms Auction

Gold-inlaid Colt 1911 .45 ACP-caliber gun, factory-engraved by Colt master engraver William H. Gough (active 1912-1940). Shipped in 1931 to Scruggs, Vendervoort & Barney, St. Louis. Estimate $25,000-$35,000

WILLOUGHBY, Ohio – Gun collectors who place particular importance on condition are already setting their sights on the 739 lots chosen for Milestone’s June 27 Premier Antiques & Modern Firearms Auction. Milestone co-owner Miles King describes the auction inventory as “one of our best selections to date of rare and high-condition military and sporting firearms…an excellent accumulation of prized pieces from approximately two dozen private consignors.” Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Rivich Auction features Rolex watch, Calder print June 18

An 18K women’s gold Rolex in the June 18 auction has a starting bid of $3,500. Estimate: $6,500-$12,000. Rivich Auction image

WHITING, Ind. – Rivich Auction, which for over 35 years has been a leader in the Midwest when it comes to auctions, antique appraisals and personal property liquidation, will hold an Interiors & Jewelry auction on June 18 at 7:30 p.m. Central time. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Stedelijk Museum appoints curators-at-large

Yvette Mutumba (left; photo by Benjamin Renter) and Adam Scymzcyk (photo byMarie Haefner / PW-Magazine).

AMSTERDAM – The position of curator-at-large has been newly created at the Stedelijk to energize the institution with a diversity of ideas, adding alternative perspectives for the exhibition program, collection and research and public program. In contrast to a guest curator, the curators-at-large commit to the museum for a longer period of time (initially two years) and are able to initiate their own projects, while also addressing the museum’s structures and conceptual frame. The appointment of Yvette Mutumba and Adam Szymczyk forms part of the consistent strategy of the Stedelijk to question its own established knowledge and engage with a multiplicity of narratives that transcend Western European modernism, and thus examine the museum’s own foundations.

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The machines behind pinball wizards

This Wizard pinball machine by Bally comes from the collection of Bill Wallen,
who helped create marketing campaigns for ‘Tommy,’ the 1975 feature film based on the Who’s rock opera. According to Wallen, this machine was taken on tour to promote the release of the film and was later given to him in appreciation for his work. It sold for $1,900 + the buyer’s premium in May 2019. Image courtesy of Van Eaton Galleries and LiveAuctioneers

NEW YORK – Pinball Wizard, the hit song written performed by the Who and featured on their 1969 rock opera album Tommy, introduced a new generation to the arcade game, which has its roots in the 19th century.

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Cheyenne ledger drawing sets record at Heritage Auctions

A Southern Cheyenne ledger drawing by Howling Wolf (1849-1927), circa 1875. Price realized: $106,250. Heritage Auctions image

DALLAS – A ledger drawing by a Southern Cheyenne artist soared to $106,250, setting a world record for a single ledger drawing and leading Heritage Auctions’ Ethnographic Art: American Indian, Pre-Columbian and Tribal Auction to $1.2 million in total sales May 29. The auction boasted sell-through rates of more than 93% by value and by lots sold. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Oakridge auction June 27 goes from drawing room to battlefield

Meissen, ‘Cupid on Bicycle, Model T6,’ designed by August Ringler. Estimate $4,000–$6,000. Oakridge Auction Gallery image

ASHBURN, Va. – Elegance and edge are the dual themes of Oakridge Auction Gallery’s first summer 2020 auction, “From Drawing Room to Battlefield: Fine Art & Antiques of the 18th-21st Century.” This auction, scheduled for 10 a.m. Eastern Time on June 27 offers two contrasting visions of technological and artistic innovation over the last three centuries. Delicate porcelain, crystal and silver decorative art created to adorn the salons of the beau monde is juxtaposed with the grim – if occasionally also decorative – of military uniforms, sabers and battlefield relics. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Treasure chest hidden in Rockies finally found

Forrest Fenn’s treasure chest. Image courtesy of The Fen Diagrams, https://thefenndiagrams.com

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – A bronze chest filled with gold, jewels, and other valuables worth more than $1 million and hidden a decade ago somewhere in the Rocky Mountain wilderness has been found, according to a famed art and antiquities collector who created the treasure hunt.

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Jasper52 sale June 10 reveals many faces of tribal art

Songye neckrest, Democratic Republic Congo, wood, 7¼in x 7¾in x 2½in. Estimate: $2,000-$2,500. Jasper52 image

NEW YORK – A tribal auction that features rare masks and figures from tribes across Africa will be conducted by Jasper52 on Wednesday, June 10. This collection of 122 hand-picked artifacts exhibit significant use in tribal ceremonies and rituals. Bid absentee or live online exclusively through LiveAuctioneers.

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