LYNBROOK, N.Y. – A full Psittacosaurus dinosaur skeleton, a coveted acetate master recording from Elvis Presley’s early sessions at Sun Records, an archive of material relating to Barbra Streisand and items signed by JFK and the Beatles will all come up for bid in Weiss Auctions’ Iconic and Eclectic auction on Thursday, September 29. The online auction, packed with approximately 500 rare and unusual items, will start at 10 am Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
The full Psittacosaurus dinosaur skeleton, measuring about 18in tall and 24in long, has been professionally repaired and restored and carries an estimate of $15,000-$25,000. Psittacosaurus is a genus of extinct ceratopsian dinosaur dating to the Early Cretaceous period and dwelled in what is now Asia between 126 and 101 million years ago.
The archive of Barbra Streisand material includes correspondence between the singer and Barry Dennen, with whom she had a relationship in 1960-1961. Items include the 45rpm record Barbra Streisand – En Francais (EP6048), signed and inscribed to Dennen on the back of the record sleeve, and three postcards written by Streisand to Dennen.
Also included are 10 notebook pages handwritten by Streisand, two handwritten letters from Streisand mailed from the Hotel Wolverine (one written on hotel letterhead; the envelopes have room 308 as a return address), a typed letter signed by Streisand to Dennen thanking him for his note about a television show, another handwritten letter and other items, which are together estimated at $10,000-$15,000.
There are two lots pertaining to John F. Kennedy, both signed by the former president. One is a first edition copy of As We Remember Joe (University Press, Cambridge, Mass., 1945), a tribute to the eldest of the Kennedy brothers, who was killed during World War II. JFK boldly signed and inscribed on the front free end page, “For Bill, who flew with Joe, from Jack Kennedy.” It is estimated at $10,000-$12,000.
The other JFK-related piece is a complete first edition six-volume set of the History of Ireland by the Rev. E. A. Dalton (London: The Gresham Publishing Company, 1912), all hardcovers bound in green cloth. The first free end page of each volume is signed in black ink “John F. Kennedy” except for the sixth volume, which is signed upside-down on the final free end page. The set has an estimate of $35,000-$45,000.
The Beatles lot is a telegram of congratulations sent to the consignor, informing her she’d won a ticket to see the Beatles at their Steel Pier (Philadelphia) concert on August 16, 1966. She couldn’t make it, however, and the unused ticket is being offered along with a 1963 photo card of the Beatles, signed by all four and inscribed on the back, “To Betty Ann, Pity you couldn’t make it” (the inscription appearing to be in Paul’s hand). The lot is estimated at $15,000-$20,000.
Perhaps the greatest standouts in the auction lineup center on Elvis Presley. An acetate recording featuring That’s All Right on Side A and Blue Moon of Kentucky on Side B is considered one of rock’s Holy Grail items, as it was the record that launched Elvis’s career and changed American popular music forever. John Lennon once said, “Before Elvis there was nothing.” Three acetates were cut in that first session; one of the three will come up for bid with an estimate of $200,000-$400,000.
Also sold will be an acetate recording of Blue Suede Shoes, also with Elvis on vocals, estimated at $50,000-$75,000. The song would become a huge hit in 1955 for Carl Perkins before Presley recorded his own version the following year. Both records were chart-toppers. Elvis ordered an actual pair of blue suede shoes and wore them when he performed the song; those shoes were sold at auction in 2013 for $80,000.
The third Elvis item is a large version of the famous photo showing the four members of the Million Dollar Quartet – Presley, Perkins, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis – signed and inscribed by all four to Marion Keisker MacInnes, who worked at Sun Records and was a key contributor to Elvis’s early development. The photograph was taken at the Sun Records studio in Memphis, and it is estimated at $30,000-$50,000.
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