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JULIEN’S AUCTIONS ANNOUNCES THE LARGEST COLLECTION OF MADONNA MEMORABILIA FROM HER PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL LIFE EVER TO BE AUCTIONED

Icons and Idols: Rock 'n Roll Catalog

Madonna “Material Girl” worn dress

Beverly Hills, California – (August 19,  2014) – Julien’s Auctions, the world’s premier entertainment and music memorabilia auction house, has announced the rare opportunity to bid on the largest collection of Madonna memorabilia from her personal and professional life ever to be offered at auction.  The carefully curated collection will be offered during the Icons & Idols: Rock ‘n Roll auction in Beverly Hills in November.

Madonna

The legendary musical icon will be celebrated throughout the vast collection which includes the famous Marilyn Monroe inspired dress, stole and jewelry worn in her “Material Girl” video (dress and stole estimate: $20,000-40,000) and over thirty of Madonna’s period clothing pieces from Evita along with accessories and jewelry from the film (Various estimates: $800-6,000).  In addition, costumes from A League of Their Own(Estimate: $3,000-5,000), The Next Best Thing (Estimate: $3,000-5,000), her “Music” music video (Estimates ranging from $2,000–$6,000), and the video for “American Pie” ($1,000-5,000) will also be included and on the auction block.

Madonna is known for her constant reinvention as a performer. Never one to shy away from controversy or taking risks, her biggest hits include “Papa Don’t Preach,” “Like a Prayer,” “Material Girl” and “Vogue” among others. Her rise to stardom, versatility as a film and music star and her personal life stories remain legendary.  She has been listed as one of the wealthiest female musicians of our time having sold over an unprecedented 300 million records.

Her long list of awards includes GRAMMY Awards, American Music Awards, MTV Video Awards, Billboard Awards, VH-1 Fashion Awards, a Hollywood Walk of Fame and so many more.  Some of the many awards she has won will be offered for sale during this auction event.  Madonna also has never been shy about her sexual side.  Available at auction will be the latex mask, waspie, gloves, bra and panties worn with Katy Perry for a 2014 V Magazine cover photo shoot (Estimate: $1,000-4,000) and the vintage costume pieces worn for Madonna’s sexy Re-Invention publicity materials.  As early as 1985 Madonna was honing her sexy persona when she posed for Bill Stone who published the nude photographs he took in Penthouse magazine.  Negatives and prints from that sitting will also be offered.

Cover of V Magazine, clothing from photo shoot

At the start of Madonna’s professional career, she worked with photographer Edo Bertoglio to create a photo for the cover of her first album, Madonna (originally slated to be titled Lucky Star).  Several of the original photographs remained with Madonna’s friend Martin Burgoyne and will be offered for sale (Estimate: $1,000-2,000).  Other early career items include handwritten notes on concert choreography (Estimate: $800-1,200), handwritten working lyrics (Estimate: $800-1,200), Madonna’s personal AFTRA card (Estimate: $800-1,200), signed film contracts (Estimate: $800-1,200) and signed clothing items (Estimate: $600-800).  Included in the collection are a selection of foreign and domestic record sales awards, a Billboard Music Video Award (Estimate: $1,000-2,000), a 1991 American Music Award (Estimate: $4,000-6,000), an MTV video Music award (Estimate: $4,000-6,000), and an MTV European Music Award (Estimate: $4,000-6,000).

Madonna American Music Award for “Vogue”

Madonna’s fans and detractors have been as interested in Madonna’s personal life as they have in her professional career.  This collection will indeed offer an intimate glimpse into Madonna’s private world.  Most revealing is a day planner/diary from 1988.  The diary includes Madonna’s handwritten notes on nearly every page with appointments:  appearing on Late Night With David Letterman, dates with then- husband Sean Penn as well as birthday reminders and holiday plans (Estimate: $2,000-4,000).  Among the other items are a signed document relating to her separation from Sean Penn (Estimate: $1,000-2,000), financial document (Estimate: $800-1,200), signed checks (Estimate: $600-800), her personal make-up compact (Estimate: $1,000-2,000) and the 1972 Junior High School yearbook she was photographed in as a teenager (Estimate: $800-1,200).

Icons & Idols: Rock ‘n Roll at Julien’s Auctions will explore and celebrate the life and career of Madonna through property and personal items that have defined her stunning incarnations: sex symbol, diva, writer, actress, mother and wife.

A special exhibit of the Collection of Madonna Memorabilia will open at the Newbridge Silverware’s Museum of Style Icons (MOSI) on Monday, August 18, 2014 and run through Monday, September 15, 2014 in Kildare, Ireland.  Hours are 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. on Sundays and bank holidays. Free entry and parking is included.

PUBLIC EXHIBITION
Julien’s Auctions Beverly Hills
Monday, November 3rd – Friday, November 7th, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time (Daily)

LIVE AND ONLINE AUCTIONS
Friday, November 7th, 2014
Session I: 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time
Session II:  1:00 p.m. Pacific Time

Saturday, November 8th, 2014
Session III: 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time
Session IV:   1:00 p.m. Pacific Time

EXHIBITION AND AUCTION LOCATION
Julien’s Auctions Beverly Hills
9665 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 150
Beverly Hills, California 90210


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LIVE AUCTIONS

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ONLINE EXCLUSIVE AUCTIONS

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About Julien's Auctions

Julien’s Auctions is the world record-breaking auction house to the stars. 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 www.juliensauctions.com.

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