Event Details

Julien's Auctions is proud to present an auction of “Icons & Idols” memorabilia and ephemera on December 3rd and 4th, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California.

Never before has such an extensive collection of John Lennon/Beatles memorabilia ever come to public auction. This once in a lifetime auction includes handwritten working lyrics, drawings and clothing from legendary Beatle John Lennon. Lennon's abundant creativity is showcased here in unusual self-portraits inscribed to friends, a collage created for Elton John's 28th birthday (Est. $30,000-$40,000), drawings and prose that appeared in Lennon's 1965 book A Spaniard in the Works (Est. $2,000-$4,000) and a jacket that was almost lost to the world were it not for the keen eye of a Salvation Army driver. The jacket, worn by Lennon in 1966 for a Life magazine photo shoot (Est. $150,000-$200,000), is emblematic of Lennon's singular fashion sense and style that inspired the cover for the Sergeant Pepper album and echoed in The Beatles appearance for years to come. It is believed to be a military band jacket that was in the possession of Lennon until donated to the Salvation Army in New York. This jacket represents the changing aesthetic of The Beatles and, indeed, a generation of music lovers who mimicked the repurposing of clothing and encouraged new meaning of military emblems to create a juxtaposition for promoting peace. As a child, rock and roll legend Jimi Hendrix did not own a guitar. Hendrix borrowed a school friend's Sear's Silvertone electric guitar while he played in the band The Velvetones. This vintage guitar (Est. $100,000-$200,000) has been on display at the Seattle Experience Music Project in an exhibition devoted to Jimi.

Nudie Cohn's western suits were worn famously by country western stars like Johnny Cash, Hank Snow and Glen Campbell. The eccentric designs and detailed craftsmanship caught the eye of other rock legends including Gram Parsons and John Lennon. Keith Richards commissioned a suit that was considered too risqué for even Nudie, who chose to embellish Richard's suit with UFOs and snakes. This Keith Richard's stage worn ensemble (Est. $8,000-$10,000) will hit the auction block with a number of other Rolling Stone's memorabilia on Saturday, December 4th, 2010. Richard's band mate Ronnie Wood is not only known as a great musician but a talented visual artist. Those two great talents are comingled in Lot 348 a stage played and hand painted, signed Ronnie Wood guitar (Est. $25,000-$30,000). A second Ron Wood painted guitar will also be auctioned — designed with the classic Rolling Stone lips logo and inspired by the Rolling Stones song “Some Girls” with partial lyrics to the song written on the back (Est. $25,000-$30,000).

Elvis Presley would have been 75 this year, but his influence and legend are still enjoyed by fans and musicians today. A stunning collection of items has been assembled for this very special auction. Included in this unique collection are early photographs, film worn and personal clothing, jewelry gifted to and from Presley, two of The King's handguns, books, and signed items from the career of a true legend. This sale also includes personal clothing from icons such as Cher, Madonna's stage worn Dolce & Gabbana Girlie Show tour coat (Est. $4,000-$6,000), Bruce Springsteen annotated lyrics (Est. $1,000-$1,500), and guitars signed by Greg Allman, Guns N Roses, Bono and many more.

Taking center stage in this sale of Icons & Idols is the “King of Pop” Michael Jackson. The sale features more than 100 items from the life and career of Michael Jackson. From early Jackson 5 items, “We Are the World” memorabilia and MTV Video Award to personal and stage worn clothing from throughout Jackson's career. A military style jacket Jackson wore while celebrating Nelson Mandela's 78th birthday (Est. $10,000-$20,000) is a testament to Jackson's activism and wide circle of influential friends.

The sale also showcases a custom made costume for Jackson's friend and companion Bubbles the chimp (Est. $2,000-$4,000) and the sale of the ensemble will benefit Bubbles long term housing and care at the Center for Great Apes in Wauchula, Florida. Michael Jackson's own home at Neverland Ranch held countless treasures of which only a few were ever sold. Statues and Neverland golf carts are among the rare Michael Jackson items that are offered for sale this December.

For those who prefer Hollywood glamour to music, we are proud to present an assemblage of Hollywood memorabilia. Judy Garland's iconic fedora from the film Summer Stock (Est. $8,000-$10,000), Barbra Streisand's Funny Lady dress (Est. $2,000-$4,000), Vivien Leigh's blouse from Gone With the Wind (Est. $1,000-$2,000), Elizabeth Taylor worn items from Cleopatra and Life With Father and also Marlene Dietrich's personal dress (Est. $1,000-$2,000) are only a few of the costumes offered for sale at Julien's Icons & Idols live auction event.

In 1945 a young Norma Jean Dougherty met photographer Andre de Dienes. In 2002 de Dienes published a landmark photography book/personal memoir of his time with the lady who became Marilyn Monroe. Offered for sale here is the original manuscript that was reproduced by Taschen Books (Est. $3,000-$5,000). This manuscript includes original photographs and hand written corrections to the extraordinary story of a young woman who went on to become a true legend. Original Andre de Dienes photographs of Monroe as well as photographs taken by Bert Stern, George Barris and Milton Greene are also offered for sale.