Julien’s marks 20 years with music-themed Played, Worn and Torn event Nov. 16-18

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GARDENA, Calif. — For 20 years, Julien’s Auctions has brought the magic of the entertainment industries to the world through countless auctions of stage-worn, concert-played and screen-used items found nowhere else. In celebration of its anniversary, Julien’s has announced Played, Worn and Torn, a three-day sale of important memorabilia on Thursday, November 16, Friday, November 17 and Saturday, November 18. The catalogs are open for bidding now at LiveAuctioneers.

Topping expectations for Day 1 is Paul McCartney & Wings’ double-decker, open-top bus used for their 1972 tour of Europe, his first as an ex-Beatle. Painstakingly restored to 1972 specifications and in perfect mechanical shape, the bus has appeared at numerous music and vintage vehicle exhibitions. McCartney noted in a past interview, “We painted the outside psychedelic, like a magic bus. If you look at it very straight, very conventionally, it was quite a mad thing to do, to put a playpen on the top deck of the bus and put all the children in there while driving around Europe. It was not what you’d expect from a normal band. But we weren’t a normal band.” The lot is estimated at $200,000-$300,000.

Jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie was renowned for his unique instruments featuring an upturned horn. One such trumpet, from the collection of famed jazz musician Joey DeFrancesco, comes to market with full provenance documentation. Created for Gillespie by Martin, the horn is offered with a custom case as well. It is estimated at $30,000-$50,000.

In a nod to The Who, Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain was taken with smashing guitars at the end of sets while on tour. One such piece, a made-in-Japan Fender Stratocaster, did not survive its chance encounter with a 1992 Buenos Aires stage, and ended up as a listener prize on BBC radio in England. Signed by the band and, of course, in pieces, the Fender is estimated at $500,000-$700,000.

Pop singer Lady Gaga is known for her couture, so it’s fitting that Julien’s marks its 20th with a Gaga-worn dress and gloves from her acceptance of an RIAA six-times-platinum award for her A Star Is Born soundtrack. With full documentation by designer Adriana Sahar, it is expected to bring $6,000-$8,000.
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Paul McCartney and Wings 1972 Wings Over Europe tour bus, estimated at $200,000-$300,000 at Julien’s Auctions.
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Dizzy Gillespie-owned and -played custom Martin trumpet, estimated at $30,000-$50,000 at Julien’s Auctions.
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Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain stage-played and -smashed Fender Stratocaster, estimated at $500,000-$700,000 at Julien’s Auctions.
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Lady Gaga-worn Adriana Sahar dress and gloves, estimated at $6,000-$8,000 at Julien’s Auctions.
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Janis Joplin stage-worn amber ring from the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, estimated at $10,000-$20,000 at Julien’s Auctions.
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Replica Eddie Van Halen 2007 Fender Frankenstein Stratocaster guitar, estimated at $20,000-$40,000 at Julien’s Auctions.
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Eric Clapton-owned and -played 1959 Gibson ES-335 guitar, estimated at $200,000-$300,000 at Julien’s Auctions.
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Frank Zappa outboard effects unit rack, estimated at $10,000-$20,000 at Julien’s Auctions.
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Chrysler Museum to show Paul McCartney’s own photos documenting Beatlemania

Detail, Paul McCartney (English, b. 1942-), ‘Self-portraits in a mirror,’ Paris 1964. Photograph. ©1964 Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney (English, b. 1942-), ‘Paul McCartney, self portrait,’ London, 1963-4. Photograph, ©1963-4 Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney (English, b. 1942-), ‘Paul McCartney, self portrait,’ London, 1963-4. Photograph, ©1963-4 Paul McCartney

NORFOLK, Va. – The Chrysler Museum of Art will present Paul McCartney Photographs 1963-64: Eyes of the Storm from December 5 through April 7, 2024. Traveling from the National Portrait Gallery in London to Norfolk, the Chrysler Museum of Art will be the first venue in the United States to host this major exhibition, burnishing the Chrysler’s reputation as an institution committed to the presentation of the diverse histories of photography through exhibitions and the permanent collection.

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U2’s Edge spearheads Dec. 11 rock memorabilia sale to benefit musicians

Among the 50 lots in the December 11 charity auction for Music Rising is the One, a limited-edition Gibson Les Paul the Edge played while touring with U2.
Among the 50 lots in the December 11 charity auction for Music Rising is the One, a limited-edition Gibson Les Paul the Edge played while touring with U2.
Among the 50 lots in the December 11 charity auction for Music Rising is the One, a limited-edition Gibson Les Paul that U2’s the Edge played while touring with U2.

NEW YORK (AP) – When The Edge saw the Rolling Stones perform recently, his mask allowed him to go unrecognized as he watched guitarist Ron Wood from the front row. “I have to say one of the benefits of mask wearing is it’s like a cloaking device if you’re a famous face,” the U2 guitarist recently told The Associated Press while promoting his Music Rising charity and its Dec. 11 auction of famous guitars and other rock memorabilia to support New Orleans musicians hit hard by the pandemic.

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