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

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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.

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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).

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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).

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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).

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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.

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