Press Release

For Immediate release!


A Monumental Collection of Music Memorabilia
Fit for Its Own Induction Ceremony

An Unbelievable Assortment of Some of the Most Profound
Rock and Roll Historical Memorabilia Ever To Be Offered
by the Renowned Auction House

Music Icons 2015 Catalog

Auction House hosts Bi-Coastal Exhibitions Prior to Auction

May 15-16, 2015 at Hard Rock Cafe New York

George Harrison 1963 Mastersound

New York, New York – (April 15, 2015) – Julien’s Auctions, the world’s premier entertainment and music memorabilia auction house announced their highly anticipated Music Icons Auction event to be held at Hard Rock Cafe New York on Friday, May 15, 2015 and Saturday, May 16, 2015 beginning at 10:00 a.m. EST. The auction will represent one of the most historically significant collections of music memorabilia ever to be offered by the renowned auction house. The collection covers decades of music history including rare items from The Beatles, extraordinary guitars from the world’s most iconic players, art by Frank Zappa, jewelry and original photographs of the “Material Girl,” Madonna, costumes from Beyonce, Cher, Miley Cyrus, Britney Spears and even Pharrell Williams, Michael Jackson stage worn costumes, Elvis Presley’s TCB tour bus and a rare Andy Warhol owned and used Polaroid camera among hundreds of other items.

Beyonce's video worn crown

The George Harrison played 1963 Mastersound Electric Guitar (Estimate: $400,000-$600,000) is one of the finest highlights to be mentioned. The guitar was used by Harrison in the summer of 1963 when he had it on loan from Barratt's Music Store. A stunning Gibson SG Les Paul Standard electric guitar played by Eric Clapton (Estimate: $30,000-$40,000), a Slash played Gibson Les Paul (Estimate: $30,000-$40,000), several of Carlos Santana's owned and played guitars (various estimates) and guitar virtuoso Vinnie Vincent's guitars (various estimates) are among the vast array of instruments offered in the sale. All items can be viewed through the flip catalogs now online at

Madonna original Richard Corman photograph
Michael Jackson Hall of Fame Induction jacket

Other highlights of the very special auction include John Lennon’s Bath Robe (Estimate: $9,000-$10,000), Jimi Hendrix’s ring presented in a carved wooden box (Estimate: $8,000-$10,000), Jimi Hendrix’s jacket (Estimate: $4,000-$6,000), Britney Spears’ music video worn bra (Estimate: $1,500-$3,000), Beyonce’s“Haunted” music video worn crown (Estimate: $1,500-$3,000) and video worn cape (Estimate: $1,500-$3,000), Pharrell Williams’ Elle UK Cover worn Native American headdress (Estimate: $8,000-$10,000), Miley Cyrus’ VH1 Divas Latex Bolero jacket (Estimate: $2,000-$4,000), Frank Sinatra’s 1970s-1990s address book (Estimate: $7,000-$9,000), a variety of iconic items from Lady Gaga including Lady Gaga’s Stage Worn Latex Body Suit (Estimate: $6,000-$8,000), a Lady Gaga stage worn face mask (Estimate: $2,000-$4,000) and a Lady Gaga worn leather corset (Estimate: $2,000-$4,000) and Cher’s turquoise leather boots (Estimate: $400-$600).

Andy Warhol Polaroid Big Shot Camera
Britney Spears video worn bra

Also included is a vast selection of original Madonna photographs signed by Richard Corman (Estimates vary from $300-$2,000), original Herb Ritts photographs of Madonna (Estimates vary from $800-$1,200), a ring worn by Madonna in the “Material Girl” video (Estimate: $3,000-$5,000), Madonnahandwritten note (Estimate: $600-$800), Madonna stage worn American flag tank top (Estimate: $20,000-$30,000) and an original oil on burlap painting by Frank Zappa (Estimate: $2,000-$4,000).


The unprecedented collection also includes a rare Michael Jackson red face mask (Estimate: $1,000-$2,000), a Michael Jackson Victory Tour jumpsuit (Estimate: $10,000-$15,000), a Michael Jackson owned pair of Aviator sunglasses (Estimate: $2,000-$4,000), a Michael Jackson Dangerous Tour costume (Estimate: $10,000-$20,000) and a Michael Jackson military style jacket worn to the Hall of Fame inductions (Estimate: $10,000-$20,000). The Beatles memorabilia includes a rare signed “Hard Day’s Night” album cover (Estimate: $50,000-$70,000), Beatles signed documents (Estimate: $20,000-$25,000), a rare signed Beatles “Please, Please Me” album cover (Estimate: $30,000-$50,000), a John Lennon erotic drawing (Estimate: $6,000-$8,000) and a John Lennon played piano from The Record Plant ($40,000-$60,000) and many more.

Frank Zappa Original Burlap Painting

A Polaroid Big Shot Camera owned by Andy Warhol and gifted to talk show host and celebrity memorabilia collector Joe Franklin is also part of this auction's offerings. Warhol famously admired Polaroid cameras, and the Big Shot model was said to be his favorite. During the 1970s and 1980s Warhol took Polaroids of numerous celebrities, including rock icons John Lennon, Tina Turner, Mick Jagger, Debbie Harry, Diana Ross and others. The Polaroids were then often utilized to create silkscreens that were used to print many of Warhol's most quintessential portraits (Estimate: $10,000-$20,000).

Over 800 historical pieces of music memorabilia will be offered by Julien's Auctions at the spring Music Icons auction at The Hard Rock Café New York located in Times Square. All lots can be viewed at and catalogs may be purchased online.

Fans and collectors will have the opportunity to view many of the highlights to be presented in the auction during a one week, limited engagement exhibit to be held at The Hard Rock New York beginning Monday, May 11, 2015, and ending Saturday, May 16, 2015. The exhibit will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. Those in Los Angeles will also have the opportunity to view highlights of the collection from Monday, May 4, 2015 through May 16, 2015.

Monday, May 4, 2015
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. PDT
9665 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills

Monday, May 11, 2015
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. EDT
Hard Rock Cafe New York
1501 Broadway, New York

Monday, May 4, 2015 – Friday, May 8, 2015
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. PDT
Julien's Auctions Beverly Hills Gallery
9665 Wilshire Boulevard

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 – Saturday, May 16, 2015
10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. EDT
Hard Rock Cafe New York
1501 Broadway
New York, New York 10036

Friday, May 15, 2015
Session I: 10:00 a.m. EDT
Session II:  2:00 p.m. EDT

Saturday, May 16, 2015
Session III: 10:00 a.m. EDT
Session IV:   2:00 p.m. EDT

Hard Rock Cafe New York
1501 Broadway
New York, New York 10036

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Collaborating with the famous and the exclusive, Julien’s Auctions produces high profile auctions in the film, music, art and sports markets. Julien’s Auctions has received international recognition for its unique and innovative auction events, which attract thousands of collectors, investors, fans and enthusiasts from around the world. Julien’s Auctions specializes in sales of iconic artifacts and notable collections including Marilyn Monroe, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Lady Gaga, Banksy, Cher, Michael Jackson, U2, Barbra Streisand, Les Paul, Neil Young, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Jimi Hendrix, Hugh Hefner, Pelé and many more.

In 2016, Julien’s realized $5 million in the historic auction of the Brazilian soccer icon, three-time World Cup Champion and FIFA Player of the Century’s collection of memorabilia, personal property and awards, which featured the sale of Pelé’s 3 World Cup Gold medals, sold for a combined total of US $970,992 (£674,300), including his 1970 World Cup winner’s medal sold for $427,100 (£346,000), which set world records for the most expensive Pelé item and the most expensive soccer medal ever sold at auction. In 2020, Julien’s shattered multiple records of sports jerseys sold at auction in the sale of a trio of historic #23 basketball jerseys worn by Michael Jordan (his historic 1984 “Signing Day” official Chicago Bulls rookie #23 which sold for $320,000, a new world record sale for a jersey worn by the 14 Time All-Star and five-time MVP legend), Barack Obama (the forty-fourth U.S. President’s 1979 #23 Punahou School jersey which sold for $192,000, a new world record selling price for a high school jersey) and Lebron James (the NBA legend’s 2003-2004 official Cleveland Cavaliers rookie year NBA jersey rookie season which sold for $128,000) which combined totaled $640,000 as well as Colin Kaepernick’s official San Francisco 49ers rookie jersey which sold for $128,000, a new world record for most expensive NFL jersey sold at auction. Other notable Sports memorabilia sold by Julien’s Auctions include Babe Ruth’s 1938 Brooklyn Dodgers coaching uniform which sold for $187,500 and NASCAR legend Richard Petty’s 1974 Dodge Charger Daytona race-winning car which sold for $500,000.

In 2016, Julien’s Auctions received its second placement in the Guinness Book of World Records for the sale of the world’s most expensive dress ever sold at auction, The Marilyn Monroe “Happy Birthday Mr. President” dress which sold for $4.8 million. Julien’s Auctions achieved placement in the Guinness Book of World Records in 2009 for the sale of Michael Jackson’s white glove, which sold for $480,000 making it the most expensive glove ever sold at auction. In 2020, Julien’s Auctions received its third Guinness Book of World Record placement for the sale of Kurt Cobain’s “MTV Unplugged” 1959 Martin D-18E acoustic-electric guitar, which sold for $6 million making it the world’s most expensive guitar ever sold at auction. In 2022, Julien’s Auctions sold the world’s second most expensive guitar ever sold at auction with Kurt Cobain’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” music video 1969 Fender Mustang electric guitar, which sold for $4.5 million.

Based in Los Angeles, Julien’s Auctions has a global presence bringing their auctions and exhibitions to targeted destinations worldwide including London, New York, Las Vegas, Japan and China. Live auctions are presented for bidders on-site and online via live streaming video and mobile technology. For more information on Julien’s Auctions, go to

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