Julien’s brings the star power with Music Icons event Feb. 27

Dolly Parton 1970s stage- and album cover-worn ensemble, estimated at $20,000-$40,000 at Julien's.

GARDENA, Calif. — Julien’s Music Icons sale, scheduled for Tuesday, February 27, presents 145 lots from the biggest names in music. The sale has added emphasis on women performers as well. The complete catalog is now available for bidding at LiveAuctioneers.

The Beatles played their final live concert in the United States on August 29, 1966 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. The ‘Stick was the home of the San Francisco Giants baseball team, and assistant clubhouse manager Mike Murphy was on duty for the music event. He managed to get the band to sign a Spaulding baseball and immediately gave it to his sister, who turned around and sold it to a collector, who consigned it to the sale after 50 years of ownership. The Ringo signature has been professionally restored, but the remaining autographs are all original. As the top lot in the sale, the baseball is estimated at $50,000-$70,000.

A very 1970s ensemble custom-designed for Dolly Parton is another auction highlight. The country superstar was on her way up in 1974 when she wore her jade green polyester top and bellbottoms for the Country Gold show in Arlington, Texas. She so loved the outfit that she donned it for the cover of her In the Beginning LP, released in 1978. The lot includes a copy of the album, and is estimated at $20,000-$40,000.

Taylor Swift was already a household name in 2014 when she was profiled in a photo shoot in Glamour magazine. Three props from that shoot are included in the Julien’s auction, and each is accompanied with a photo-matched image from the piece. First up is a Polaroid SX-70 Land camera ($400-$600) from a shot where Swift looks over a collection of Polaroid prints; next is an old travel trunk ($1,000-$2,000); and finally there’s a Gibson Les Paul Studio Lite guitar ($8,000-$12,000) seen being strummed by the pop star.

Another LP-cover wardrobe item is a Julien’s highlight. Johnny Cash wore this jacket, estimated at $10,000-$20,000, for the cover shoot for 1973’s CBS release Country & Western Superstar. And he presented his office Bently acoustic guitar, now estimated at $20,000-$30,000, to Johnny Cash Museum founder Bill Miller.

Johnny Cash cane leads interesting walking stick collection at Nye & Co. Jan. 24

Johnny Cash's personal hand-carved cane, estimated at $7,000-$10,000 at Nye & Co.

BLOOMFIELD, N.J. — The annual deluge of Americana each January means a feast for collectors, offering up items which, in many cases, are coming to market for the first time. Nye & Co.’s Collectors’ Passions brings together a major and minor collection of Americana to present a 396-lot sale Wednesday, January 24. Its catalog is now available for bidding at LiveAuctioneers.

The sale’s main focus is on items from Marjorie and Robert L. Hirschhorn, who were major collectors of American folk art marquetry, a technique in which objects are adorned with intricate cut wooden elements. Their collection was the focus of a 1998-1999 exhibition at the American Folk Art Museum on Lincoln Square in New York. That exhibition was turned into the book American Folk Marquetry: Masterpieces in Wood by Richard Mühlberger, released in 1998 in association with the exhibition.

Perhaps no better symbol of American folk art marquetry can be found than in the cane of country music legend Johnny Cash (1932-2003). Marked only as Burch 82, the 35in cane features both an owl at its top and a winding snake working its way up the staff towards the bird — a metaphor for Cash’s life. Used by Cash late in life as his health worsened, the masterpiece in marquetry is estimated at $7,000-$10,000.

Dating to 18th-century France, this carved cane is referred to as ‘satirical’ and features governmental and military caricatures, including one long-haired gent at the top with an elephant’s trunk for a nose, forming the cane’s handle. Well worn, the notes say it was purchased from the Woodhaven, Connecticut collection of Marion Harris. It carries an estimate of $2,000-$3,000.

American cane-carving legend Mike Cribbins (1837-1917) was born in Ireland but is most associated with his later life in Michigan, where he created an untold number of intricate, hand-carved canes made from diamond willow. This wood takes on a snake-like diamond-back pattern when infected with fungus. Cribbins would rely on this pattern as a legend to carve faces, hands, fish, animals, names, Civil War references and much more. This example measures 34.5in in length and is estimated at $3,000-$5,000.

Another diamond willow cane in the Hirschorn collection is this example with provenance to Deadwood, South Dakota. Marked This cane was made in Deadwood: June 11, 1894, Speceimen (sic) Gold Silver Ore, it features inlaid metal and measures 34in in length. It has an estimate of $2,000-$4,000.

Hake’s pop culture auction hits $3.2M; Star Wars prototype figure tops $204K

Kenner 1979 Star Wars Boba Fett rocket-firing prototype action figure, J-slot, version 2, bears copyright stamps, AFA-graded 50 VG. Archivally encapsulated with Collectible Investment Brokerage (CIB) COA. Sold for $204,435, a world auction record for any Star Wars action figure

YORK, Pa. – Record-setting prices just kept on coming at Hake’s $3.2 million online auction of pop culture rarities and didn’t stop until the last-minute clash of the titans that determined ownership of the sale’s top lot: a Star Wars Boba Fett “J-slot” rocket-firing prototype action figure. Conceived by Kenner in 1979, the J-slot Boba Fett Version 2 was designed with a J-shape triggering mechanism on its back for firing off rockets, but the toy never made it to the production stage due to safety concerns. On that basis alone, the pre-production archetypes became immediate rarities, but more than four decades of Star Wars mania have catapulted the J-slot prototype to an extraterrestrial level of desirability. The coveted example offered by Hake’s ignited a bidding war that ended at a sky-high $204,435 – a new auction record for any Star Wars action figure.

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Hake’s to auction incomparable pop culture memorabilia, March 15-16

James M Cox/Franklin D Roosevelt jugate button, 1.25in size, one of only six known in 1.25-inch size and one of only three known in this design; the first of its type to reach the marketplace in 40 years. Considered the ultimate political button, on par with a Honus Wagner T206 baseball card or ‘Action Comics’ #1. Estimate $100,000-$200,000

YORK, Pa. – Pop culture fans reacted with stunned disbelief, then excitement, last November when Hake’s sold a Captain American “hero-prop” shield used by Chris Evans in the 2019 film Avengers: Endgame. The pristine star-emblazoned shield commanded $259,540, the highest price ever paid at auction for a Marvel movie prop and the top price recorded in any sale of Hake’s record-setting $10 million year. However, America’s oldest collectibles auction house is not one to rest on its laurels, as the jaw-dropping lineup just announced for their March 15-16 auction clearly shows.

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