Join Julien's in Los Angeles on Saturday, November 4 for our blockbuster, music auction event of the season.
This season's lineup captures the excitement of a playlist spanning over 50 years of rock and roll's greatest recordings, most iconic performances and biggest pop culture moments in history played by a who's who of legendary music artists. Featured are The Allman Brothers, The Beatles, David Bowie, Johnny Cash, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Bryan Ferry, Fleetwood Mac, Jimi Hendrix, Michael Jackson, Jefferson Starship, Elton John, Madonna, Ziggy Marley, Joni Mitchell, Jim Morrison, Nirvana, Pink Floyd, Elvis Presley, Prince, Queen,The Rolling Stones, Slash, Sly Stone, Rod Stewart, U2, The Who and Frank Zappa to name just some of theheadliners.
From its now classic opening power riff, Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" created a seismic shift in the music universe by heralding thealternative/grunge era of the '90s and went on to become one of the most iconic songs of all time. Over 25 years ago, this Generation X anthem of disaffected youth and alienation catapulted the Seattle based trio, Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl, to super stardom onto the ranks of Elvis Presley and The Beatles as one of the greatest rock and roll bands in history. Julien's Auctions is proud to present for the first time at auction, the 1992 MTV Video Music Award Moonman presented to Cobain for Best New Artist in a Video for this lead single off their diamond selling album Nevermind (estimate: $50,000-$70,000). A fascinating collection of Cobain's personal items will also be offered, including an ink on paper drawing titled "Mr. Moustache" with the words "Censorship is VERY/ American./the END/ Love Kurt" signed by Cobain (estimate: $10,000-$12,000); Cobain's cheerleader outfit from Aberdeen Weatherwax High School, where the singer was a student, worn in a photo shoot for Rolling Stone(estimate: $4,000-$6,000) as well as other clothing, tour schedules, sketches and ephemera owned by the late Nirvana front man.
Michael Jackson will take center stage once again as several of The King of Pop's most thrilling and unforgettable pop culture moments will be showcased in this auction. His signature single white glove was all his own; a white rhinestone version worn during the Triumph Tour in 1981 by Jackson and on stage at the historic Motown 25 television special in 1983 is just one centerpiece item (estimate: $60,000-$80,000). His jackets worn in his most iconic music videos and performances throughout his career became fashion trends copied by millions of fans around the world are here, with Jackson's red snakeskin "Beat It" jacket worn on his Bad tour in 1987 (estimate: $20,000-$40,000); a glow in the dark leather "Thriller" jacket worn during the History tour in 1996-1997 (estimate: $6,000-$8,000) and a black leather jacket with gold piping and badges worn for (ON?) the Dangerous World Tour program and at the 21st Annual AFI Lifetime Achievement Awards honoring Elizabeth Taylor in 1993 (estimate: $40,000-$60,000). Other clothing connected to Jackson's iconography include his black fedora (estimate:$2,000-$4,000), the Egyptian style costumes and headdresses worn by Eddie Murphy and Iman in Jackson's 1992 music video "Remember The Time" (each estimated at $2,000-$4,000); his silver sash and belt worn at various events including the 1993 NAACP Image Awards (estimate: $10,000-$20,000), as well as furniture and décor from his last residence on 100 N. Carolwood Drive in Los Angeles, gold record awards, a "Thriller" video fang mold and more.
Highlights of Elvis's record producer Felton Jarvis's Collection include several of Presley's show stopping jewelry of wristwatches, cufflinks, bracelets and rings from a lapis lazuli and diamond ring gifted to Joe Esposito (estimate: $25,000-$30,000) to a green tourmaline and diamond ring won by fan in a contest commemorating the 10th anniversary of the legendary singer's death (estimate: $20,000-$30,000); a recording contract at Radio Recorders Studio (estimate: $2,000-$4,000); two of the King's aviator sunglasses (estimates ranging from $8,000-$14,000) and more. Jarvis' collection joins alongside property of a larger than life legend, the Grammy award winning singer,Engelbert Humperdinck has who sold 150 million records worldwide. Humperdinck's stunning collection of personal items range from his glittering stage suits, jewelry and instruments including a gold-colored necklace gifted to him by Sammy Davis Jr. (estimate: $1,500-$2,000), his Steinway Concert Grand piano which was in the "Pink Palace", the home of Hollywood siren Jayne Mansfield and later Humperdinck ($100,000-$200,000) along with his vintage gun collection (estimate: $500 to $8,000).
The auction will also feature an exceptional array of painted Gibson electric guitars offered on behalf of VH1's Save the Music Foundation. Highlights include an electric guitar with handwritten lyrics painted and played by Patti Smith for her song "People Have the Power" (estimate: $2,000-$4,000); a Les Paul model electric hand-painted with acrylic paint by Milk Man and played by Juanes (estimate: $2,000-$4,000) and an electric Gibson hand-painted with flowers and insects by Sage Vaughn and played by Miley Cyrus (estimate: $2,000-$4,000) and many more. The proceeds of the sale will go toward musical education in public schools.
A rock and roll auction would not be complete without Beatle Mania. Prominent items owned by The Fab Four include a 1971 Rickenbacker 4001 electric bass guitar, rented by Paul McCartney (estimate: $10,000-$20,000); Ringo Starr's Ludwig timbale drums (estimate: $2,000-$4,000), a page of Ringo's handwritten lyrics for "It Don't Come Easy" performed at the 1971 Concert for Bangladesh (estimate: $6,000-$8,000) and more; John Lennon and Yoko Ono's WAR IS OVER! poster (estimate: $4,000-$6,000), Lennon's Elephant's Memoryalbum recording (estimate: $6,000-$8,000) and a piece of wood flooring from the original Abbey Road Studios in London where The Beatles and many other music giants recorded (estimate: $1,000-$2,000).
Recently announced Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2018 inductees will also be making appearances with Bon Jovi's David Bryan, the group's keyboardist signed ensemble that includes an Alexander McQueen leather jacket (estimate: $1,000-$2,000) and The Moody Blues' Mike Pinder's "gold" record award for the album This Is The Moody Blues (estimate: $1,000-$2,000). Other greatest hits of this collection include a blue Cloud guitar used by the one and only Prince in the 1980s-1990s (estimate: $60,000-$80,000); a handmade Nehru shirt worn by Jimi Hendrix in various performances and recording of the Are You Experienced album in 1967 (estimate: $10,000-$20,000); jazz impresario Django Reinhardt's Levin De Luxe arch top guitar, circa 1938, owned by Fred Guy of the Duke Ellington Orchestra. (estimate: $20,000-$40,000); David Bowie's page of handwritten working lyrics for the song "Starman" (estimate: $4,000-$6,000); an Art Deco style brooch with simulated diamonds and black onyx, worn by Madonna in the film Dick Tracy (estimate: $3,000-$5,000); an Electro-Voice EV 676 gold tone microphone used on stage by The Doors' Jim Morrison (estimate: $10,000-$20,000) and more.
Spanning over 50 years, this fully-illustrated color catalogue is a rare and rockin’ record of music history. The auction catalogue includes items representing the life and careers of music’s greatest legends including The Allman Brothers, The Beatles, David Bowie, Johnny Cash, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Bryan Ferry, Fleetwood Mac, Jimi Hendrix, Mitch Mitchell, Michael Jackson, Jefferson Starship, Elton John, Madonna, Ziggy Marley, Engelbert Humperdinck, Joni Mitchell, Jim Morrison Nirvana, Pink Floyd, Elvis Presley, Prince, Queen, The Rolling Stones, Slash, Sly Stone, Rod Stewart, U2, The Who and Frank Zappa to name just a few.
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