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

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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.
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Beatles-signed baseball from their final U.S. concert, estimated at $50,000-$70,000 at Julien’s.
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Dolly Parton 1970s stage- and album cover-worn ensemble, estimated at $20,000-$40,000 at Julien’s.
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Gibson Les Paul Studio Lite guitar used in Taylor Swift photo shoot, estimated at $8,000-$12,000 at Julien’s.
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Polaroid SX-70 Land camera used in Taylor Swift photo shoot, estimated at $400-$600 at Julien’s.
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Vintage trunk used in Taylor Swift photo shoot, estimated at $1,000-$2,000 at Julien’s.
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Johnny Cash ‘Country & Western Superstar’ album cover-worn coat, estimated at $10,000-$20,000 at Julien’s.
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Johnny Cash-owned and -signed Bently acoustic guitar, estimated at $20,000-$30,000 at Julien’s.
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Madonna ‘Material Girl’ music video-worn robe with photo, estimated at $10,000-$20,000 at Julien’s.
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Henry Miller trove, Bob Dylan master tapes headline at Guernsey’s Dec. 14

Henry Miller's 500 remarkable letters to Brenda Venue, $600,000-$800,000 at Guernsey's.

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NEW YORK — Guernsey’s returns on Thursday, December 14 with a tightly focused, 31-lot auction called Iconic Items From The 20th Century, including sports and music items, and an incredible cache of correspondence and art from famed semi-autobiographical novelist Henry Miller. The catalog is now available for bidding at LiveAuctioneers.

Miller (1891-1980) is best remembered for his 1934 novel Tropic of Cancer, which caused a worldwide sensation for its focus on frank sexual subject matter. Miller changed the rules of writing by using first person for many of his works, something that would not only become his trademark but also influence generations of writers thereafter.

Central to the 16 lots associated with Miller is a series of 500 letters sent by the author to model and writer Brenda Muse, which were used as source material for her 1986 book Dear, Dear Brenda – The Love Letters of Henry Miller to Brenda VenusDespite their 60-year age difference, Miller shares his thoughts, memories and passions (including those for Venus) throughout. The lot comes with no conveyance of copyright and is estimated at $600,000-$800,000.

Top lots in the sale are from musical pioneers and icons of the Baby Boom generation. First up are the original 1961 master recording tapes from Bob Dylan’s eponymous first album, released in 1962. Discovered and produced by John Hammond, who would go on to influence the careers of Bruce Springsteen, Aretha Franklin and Leonard Cohen, the tapes include both released and unreleased tracks, plus his booth conversations with Dylan. The lot is estimated at $800,000-$1.2 million.

In 1968 the Beatles released The Beatles, better known as The White Album. Each double album came with a serialized embossed numbering stamp on the cover. The Guernsey’s auction includes the absolute first record, one of three created at Capitol Records’ supplier Queens Litho in New York, numbered A0000001, still factory-sealed. It was kept by a Queens Litho employee who oversaw the run, and was conveyed to the consignor in 1998, himself a respected Beatles collector and author. The double-LP is estimated at $750,000-$1 million.
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Trove of 500 letters Henry Miller wrote to Brenda Venue, estimated at $600,000-$800,000 at Guernsey’s.
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Original master tapes for Bob Dylan’s 1962 debut LP, estimated at $800,000-$1,200,000 at Guernsey’s.
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The Beatles factory-sealed ‘White Album’ numbered A0000001, estimated at $750,000-$1 million at Guernsey’s.
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Ticket stub from New York Yankees pitcher Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series, estimated at $80,000-$120,000 at Guernsey’s.
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1915 Charles Carmel Coney Island carousel horse, estimated at $8,000-$10,000 at Guernsey’s.
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Movie posters aplenty at Opportunities 2’s April 15 auction

Half-sheet poster for the 1963 film ‘King Kong vs. Godzilla,’ estimated at $500-$5,000

 

Half-sheet poster for the 1963 film ‘King Kong vs. Godzilla,’ estimated at $500-$5,000

Half-sheet poster for the 1963 film ‘King Kong vs. Godzilla,’ estimated at $500-$5,000

 

MACON, Ga. – Opportunities 2 Auction House, a newly formed firm based in Macon, Georgia, will introduce itself to the collecting community with an online auction of original, unrestored vintage movie posters on Saturday, April 15, starting at 10 am Eastern time. More than 140 lots will be offered for bid from a single consignor. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Beatles to Zappa: Potter & Potter presents alphabet of pop culture, Mar. 30

1969 psychedelic concert poster touting several acts and showcasing Frank Zappa from the Mothers of Invention, estimated at $3,000-$4,000
1969 psychedelic concert poster touting several acts and showcasing Frank Zappa from the Mothers of Invention, estimated at $3,000-$4,000
1969 psychedelic concert poster touting several acts and showcasing Frank Zappa from the Mothers of Invention, estimated at $3,000-$4,000

CHICAGO – Potter & Potter Auctions will conduct a nearly 700-lot Pop Culture and Collectibles sale to be held on Thursday, March 30, starting at 10 am Central time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Beatles concert poster sets new world auction record at Heritage

1966 Beatles Shea Stadium concert poster, $275,000
1966 Beatles Shea Stadium concert poster, $275,000
1966 Beatles Shea Stadium concert poster, $275,000

DALLAS – The most iconic concert poster of all time is now the most expensive concert poster of all time. On April 16, during Heritage Auctions’ latest Music Memorabilia Signature® Auction, the stunning bright-yellow slab of cardboard promoting the Beatles’ August 23, 1966, concert at New York’s Shea Stadium sold for $275,000 to set a new auction record. That shatters the previous high-water mark of $150,000 shared by both the Shea Stadium poster (set in November) and another advertising Hank Williams’ two concerts scheduled for New Year’s Day 1953 at the Canton Memorial Auditorium in Ohio (established last May).

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Beethoven 4-page letter earns $251K at RR Auction

Four-page 1815 letter written by Ludwig von Beethoven, $251,240
Four-page 1815 letter written by Ludwig von Beethoven, $251,240
Four-page 1815 letter written by Ludwig van Beethoven, $251,240

BOSTON – A handwritten letter by Ludwig van Beethoven sold for $251,240 at RR Auction on April 13. The four-page letter was rendered in German and dated September 24, 1815. Beethoven wrote it to his librettist, the court poet Friedrich Treitschke, asking him to help secure 200 gold ducats in payment for their planned opera Romulus und Remus. The letter read in part: “Many sacrifices I have willingly made and am making for the sake of my art.”

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Beethoven handwritten letter could earn $500K at RR Auction, April 13

Four-page 1815 letter written by Ludwig von Beethoven, est. $300,000-$500,000
Four-page 1815 letter written by Ludwig von Beethoven, est. $300,000-$500,000
Four-page 1815 letter written by Ludwig von Beethoven, est. $300,000-$500,000

BOSTON – RR Auction‘s April 13 Fine Autographs and Artifacts sale will be led by a four-page handwritten letter by Ludwig van Beethoven about a proposed composition. The letter by Beethoven to his librettist, the court poet Friedrich Treitschke, asks him to help secure two hundred gold ducats in payment for their planned opera Romulus und Remus. It emphasizes the “many sacrifices I have willingly made and am making for my art.” It carries an estimate of $300,000-$500,000. View the fully illustrated catalog on LiveAuctioneers.

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Vinyl Valhalla: Heritage offers peerless record collection, March 12-13

Multi-colored vinyl pressing of Bob Dylan’s 17th LP, Desire, est. $800-$1,200. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions
Multi-colored vinyl pressing of Bob Dylan’s 17th LP, Desire, est. $800-$1,200. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions
Multi-colored vinyl pressing of Bob Dylan’s 17th LP, Desire, est. $800-$1,200. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions

DALLAS — Heritage Auctions will present the David Swartz Vintage Vinyl Collection Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Signature® Auction on Saturday, March 12, and Sunday, March 13, featuring 365 items from Swartz’s impressive collection. In addition to rare recordings by Bob Dylan, the Beatles and other headliners, auction highlights include the original, uncensored version of David Bowie’s Diamond Dogs from 1974, the unique unassembled production sleeve originally made for the Rolling Stones’ 1968 Street Fighting Man single and an ultra-rare copy of the 1962 Tony Sheridan and the Beatles 7-inch My Bonnie single. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Karl Marx letter could bring $500K at RR Auction, March 9

1872 letter written by Karl Marx to his French publisher, est. $300,000-$500,000
1872 letter written by Karl Marx to his French publisher, est. $300,000-$500,000
1872 letter written by Karl Marx to his French publisher, est. $300,000-$500,000

BOSTON – RR Auction‘s Fine Autographs and Artifacts sale, concluding on Wednesday, March 9, boasts more than 900 outstanding lots relating to great figures in world history and culture. View the fully illustrated catalog on LiveAuctioneers.

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