James Bond toys offer a license to bid at Potter & Potter, June 16
CHICAGO – Potter & Potter Auctions will hold a nearly 700-lot sale of entertainment-related ephemera and materials, Walt Disney World park-used items, mid-century playthings, erotica, and other eclectic merchandise on Saturday, June 16 starting at 10 am Central time. Many of the rock and roll related lots are from the collection of Bo Overlock, concert organizer and the former director of marketing and promotions for VH1. The sale also features a lifetime collection of vintage James Bond toys and collectables. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
Lots with ties to the most popular musicians of the 20th century take several of the top lot slots in this early summer event, among them a Gibson Lucille electric guitar signed by B.B. King, Eric Clapton and other members of King’s original band, estimated at $8,000-$10,000. This instrument, bearing serial number 92495672, has an ebony body, gold hardware and pearloid fret markers. It is accompanied by its original pink-lined leather case. This guitar was part of B.B. King’s 70th birthday tribute concert held in Memphis, Tennessee at the Orpheum Theater on October 27, 1995.
Certain to provoke spirited bidding is original Capitol Records concept art for John Lennon’s Mind Games album cover, estimated at $800-$1,200. Dating to 1973, it features a black and white photo of Lennon in sunglasses along with a full-color mock-up of the background selected for the record cover. The image of Lennon was eventually used in the final design, with Yoko Ono’s profile superimposed atop his head.
Also worthy of mention is a copy of The Who’s Magic Bus: The Who On Tour album signed by original line-up of the band and estimated at $2,000-$4,000. Produced in London by Decca Records in 1968, the 33 RPM album cover depicts members of The Who hanging from the titular magic bus. It is signed by bandmates Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, John Entwistle and Keith Moon.
The June 16 auction also includes a card inscribed by Bob Marley, offered with accompanying backstage photographs and estimated at $3,000-$5,000. The collection includes a card written in blue ink on light green paper mounted on cream-colored board with two photographs of Bob Marley during his performance at the Pinecrest Country Club on June 14, 1978 in Shelton, Connecticut.
Early toy firearms on offer include a James Bond Secret Agent 007 Shooting Attache Case estimated at $2,500-$5,000. It was made in 1965 by a company called Multiple Toy Makers and it retains its original box. Its accessories remain factory-sealed beside the original attache case. Tucked underneath are instructions, a passport case and decals on a tabbed file divider.
Equally interesting is a Superman Krypto Raygun in its original box with film reels, estimated at $600-$900. It was made in 1940 by Daisy Manufacturing, and it purportedly has the capability to project “picture stories on the wall.” The box includes six (of seven advertised on the box) reels and the ray-gun. The Smithsonian National Museum of American History also holds an example of this innovative toy (1987.0213).
Other decade-spanning playthings in the sale lineup include a Pinocchio Collector’s Edition marionette, estimated at $1,200-$2,000. It was made in Los Angeles by one of the most prestigious of American marionette makers, Bob Baker Marionettes, in the 1990s. This 41in tall wooden puppet was manufactured under exclusive license with Walt Disney Productions, and it is one of a limited edition of 200.
Rounding out the highlights is a 007 Underwater Battle from Thunderball Largo v. James Bond board game, estimated at $1,000-$1,500. This game is based on the underwater battle scene in the film Thunderball. The board game was produced in Havant, England by Tri-Ang in 1966. It includes its original box; a James Bond figure wearing a red wetsuit; a Largo figure; frogmen in orange and black scuba suits; a Spectre submarine; dice; a game board; sharks; pedestals and a Tri-Ang Games advertising booklet.
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