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All-Star Lineup of Legendary Artifacts and Memorabilia from The Beatles, Guns N’ Roses, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, Madonna, Robert Plant, Elvis Presley, Trent Reznor, Keith Richards, Eddie Van Halen, U2, and More to Headline the Two-Day Music Event of the Season


Los Angeles, California – (October 26th, 2021) – Julien’s Auctions has announced the preeminent headliners of ICONS & IDOLS: ROCK ‘N’ ROLL, the world-record breaking auction house to the stars’ annual music event of the season on Friday, November 19th and Saturday, November 20th, 2021 live in Hard Rock Cafe® New York and online at Nearly 1,000 sensational artifacts and memorabilia owned and used by some of the world’s legendary music artists of all-time including The Beatles, Guns N’ Roses, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, Madonna, Robert Plant, Elvis Presley, Trent Reznor, Keith Richards, Eddie Van Halen, U2, and more will be offered.

Leading the lineup will be a 1968 Martin D-45 acoustic guitar, previously owned and stage-played by the guitarist whose influence shaped the history and sound of classic rock and roll, Eric Clapton. The instrument was used by the guitar legend of seminal bands, The Yardbirds, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Cream and Blind Faith, at the historic debut live concert performance of Derek and The Dominos, at the Lyceum Theatre in London on June 14th, 1970. The band, whose name was chosen only moments before taking the stage that night, would later go on to write and record some of the most iconic songs of Clapton’s career, including “Bell Bottom Blues,” and the classic ballad, “Layla.” In photographs, Clapton can also be seen with the guitar (photo left) while touring with his previous group Delaney & Bonnie and Friends (including George Harrison), performing the song “Poor Elijah – Tribute to Johnson” live on BBC television, and between various gigs while on the road. The guitar was later gifted to singer-songwriter Dave Edmunds while he was visiting Clapton at his home in Surrey in 1976, and is accompanied by a signed letter of provenance from Edmunds who states that Clapton was originally planning to gift him a Gibson J-200 but chose the Martin instead when the J-200 couldn’t be located. In addition to a five-decade career that has set records for receiving the most Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame awards and for selling more than 280 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling musicians of all time, Clapton’s instruments are sought after in the auction world whose guitars have previously sold for millions and smashed auction records. The starting estimate of this piece of rock history is between $300,000 to $500,000.

A sheet of partial handwritten working draft lyrics to Clapton’s 1970 song “Layla” written on The Thunderbird Motel, Miami Beach, Florida, stationery will also be on offer ($30,000 - $50,000). Clapton gave the sheet of lyrics to Bonnie Diamond, a close friend of Derek and the Dominos bassist Carl Radle, to thank her for driving him to the airport in Miami.

A cream Fender Stratocaster Vintage ‘57 reissue electric guitar (estimate: $80,000 - $100,000) owned and stage played by another supreme guitar soloist and auction icon comes from none other than David Gilmour. One of six vintage Stratocasters purchased in the mid-eighties by the legendary Pink Floyd guitarist, the electric guitar was customized and set up to his personal specifications. Known as Cream no.2 as a backup for Cream no.1, the guitar (photo right) was taken on the Pink Floyd “A Momentary Lapse of Reason” tours 1987, 1988, 1989 and at “Knebworth” in 1990 and Pink Floyd’s “The Division Bell” tour in 1994 as well as exhibited at Fender’s exhibition in the USA in December 1993 and EMI’s 1997 Music 100 exhibition in London. The auction of Gilmour’s guitar collection astounded the world in 2019 when nearly 130 of his prized instruments sold for over $21 million and shattered several auction records.

Reigning on the auction block will be a 1972 Martin D-28 acoustic guitar that was stage played by The King of Rock and Roll himself, Elvis Presley. The guitar (estimate: $70,000 - $90,000) used during the mid-to late 1970 was given by Presley to his friend Norman Taurog, who directed many of Presley’s films and was on display at the Elvis-A-Rama Museum in Las Vegas. An Elvis Presley Lord Elgin direct read watch made in the 1950s and given to Presley by Jean and Julian Aberbach of Hill and Range Music Company ($10,000 - $20,000) and other fine jewelry worn by the legendary singer will dazzle the auction stage including his sterling carved eagle silver ring, silver Aztec warrior ring, a 14 karat gold ring with the initials “EP” engraved (photo left), a sterling silver necklace with Saint Michael engraved on a police badge shape with the words “Saint Michael Protect Us” as well as other fascinating pieces such as a lock of Elvis Presley’s hair cut by Mr. Homer Gilliland, who was Presley’s mother’s hair stylist at Goldsmith’s Department Store on Main Street in Memphis.

Hard rock and metal fans will bang their heads to the appearances of the original artwork for the cover of the 1983 Quiet Riot album “Metal Health” hand-painted by Stan Watts ($20,000 - 40,000), and the original metal “asylum” mask that Watts wore to create the iconic image ($8,000 - 10,000) (photo right).

Items from the world’s most dangerous band, Guns N’ Roses will also rock the auction stage including the 1989 MTV VMA Moonman (photo left) presented to the band for Best Heavy Metal Video for “Sweet Child O’ Mine” ($10,000 - $20,000), a satin printed Guns N’ Roses after show pass signed by the band members, black Tama kick drum skins stage used by Steven Adler during GNR’s Appetite For Destruction 1988 tour and signed by the band and more.

One of the most epic rock classics ever recorded by one of rock’s seminal bands, “Kashmir” is Led Zeppelin’s sonic masterpiece, along with “Stairway to Heaven” and “Whole Lotta Love.” Handwritten lyrics (photo right) of the song by lead singer Robert Plant on a sheet of The Whitehall Hotel letterhead stationery will be offered with an estimate of $200,000 - $300,000. The lyrics are a rendition for a live performance of the song with some differences from the recorded version released on their 1976 album Pink Graffiti.

As one of the most influential singer-songwriters of all time and revered pop culture icon, Bob Dylan, is just as celebrated for his fine art. Displaying on the auction stage will be an original abstract nude oil painting on canvas handpainted in the 1960s by the music legend (estimate: $100,000 - $200,000). The painting (photo left), gifted from Dylan to his manager Albert Grossman was featured in the touring exhibition “Bob Dylan’s American Journey: 1956-1966” at the Experience Music Project of Seattle and displayed at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York City and The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles.

Another rock iconoclast and now auction legend whose original artwork and handwritten ephemera are coveted as much as his instruments and memorabilia is one of rock and roll’s most signature artists of all time: Kurt Cobain. An illustration drawn in ballpoint pen on a sheet of notebook paper by the Nirvana frontman depicting many faces and eyes and a flower signed by Cobain in the bottom right corner as “Kurdt Kobain” will be on offer. The drawing (estimate: $10,000 - $20,000) was previously on display at the Museum of Pop Culture “Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses” exhibit in Seattle (photo right).

Other handwritten and drawn items include (each estimate: $4,000 - $6,000): a white tablecloth with a handwritten setlist of Nirvana songs, “Teen Spirit”, “About A Girl” and “Come As You Are” and signed by Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and others; a handwritten setlist by Kurt Cobain on Sheffield University Students’ Union stationery, where the band performed the night before and a ticket to a Nirvana performance at Calton Studios in Edinburgh, Scotland, on December 29th, 1991; and a handwritten and signed setlist by Kurt Cobain from a concert at the East Ballroom of the University of Washington in Seattle on January 6, 1990 that includes the songs “Polly” and “Love Buzz.”

Other Nirvana/Kurt Cobain items up for bid include a “Illiteracy Will Prevail” Fecal Matter- the 1985 punk rock band formed by Kurt Cobain, Dale Drover (of the Melvins) and drummer Greg Hokanson-demo project on cassette featuring 17 unreleased tracks with notable demos that were later re-recorded and released under Nirvana, including the song “Downer” which was later released on Nirvana’s album Bleach (estimate: $3,000 - $5,000), a color photograph of Cobain at 15 years old in a snowy winter background (photo left), a signed Nirvana concert ticket, signed denim vest and jacket and more.


Julien’s Auctions has shattered original estimates and broken world records with the sale of Kurt Cobain’s memorabilia and artwork, including: Cobain’s cardigan worn on MTV Unplugged in New York (sold for a record $334,000), his In Utero tour Fender Mustang guitar (sold for $340,000), his cardigan worn on his last photoshoot (sold for $75,000), a Nirvana paper plate setlist written in Cobain’s handwriting which sold for a record $22,400; a self-portrait caricature drawing by Cobain of himself playing guitar signed “Kurdt Kobain Rock Star” (sold for over $281,000) and the Guinness Book of World Record sale of 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.

Other exceptional highlights include: Keith Richards’ red with gold embroidery and rhinestone cropped jacket (photo above right) worn on the Get Yer Yas-Yas Out album, as well as on stage during the infamous Altamont concert, where an audience member was stabbed to death by the Hell’s Angels, and was featured in the Maysles Brothers documentary film Gimme Shelter ($8,000 - $12,000); U2 guitarist Edge’s concert used Gibson Les Paul Standard electric guitar ($50,000 - $70,000); Jim Croce’s Martin D-21 guitar ($40,000 - $60,000); an EVH Fender “Frankenstrat” guitar (photo left) stage played by Eddie Van Halen signed by him and his brother Alex Van Halen, consisting of a guitar strap attached to screw eyes, bicycle reflectors on the back used to reflect the stage lights, five Van Halen 2012 guitar picks taped on the body and an image of Eddie printed on metal (the guitar was gifted to Kevan Hill, a childhood friend and first band mate of Eddie and Alex Van Halen in their first band, Broken Combs in 1964) ($30,000 - $50,000); a custom made black 2007 Gretsch drum kit played by drummer Taylor Hawkins for Foo Fighters accompanied by two Foo Fighters Wembley Stadium fleece zip up sweaters, a backstage pass, two guitar picks and a pillow ($40,000 - $60,000);

a custom Gibson Mastertone banjo owned and played by Jerry Garcia during his years with the Old & In the Way band, signed by Garcia and David Grisman ($10,000 - $20,000); a Dana Bourgeois acoustic guitar custom made tour used and signed by Dave Mustaine of Megadeath ($10,000 - $20,000); a custom Les Paul Classic Gibson electric guitar, played and smashed on stage on June 6th, 2006 at the Pond in Anaheim during the Nine Inch Nails Fragile tour signed and inscribed Nine Inch Nails “NIN” acronym by Trent Reznor ($10,000 - $20,000); a sepia toned black and white photograph of the Crosby Stills Nash and Young band shot by photographer Tom Gundlefinger O’Neal that was used for the cover art for their 1970 album Deja Vu and signed by Stephen Stills, Neil Young, David Crosby and Graham Nash ($8,000 - $10,000); Whitney Houston’s showstopping ensembles including, a 1920s style black silk evening Dolce & Gabbana coat with lavender mink collar worn by Houston (photo right) while performing “Until You Come Back” at the 1999 American Music Awards ($7,000 - $9,000); a Gianfranco Ferre two-piece ensemble worn by Whitney Houston while performing “This Day,” “Bridge over Troubled Water” with Cece Winans and “My Guy” with Smokey Robinson at the 1995 VH1 Honors Awards ($5,000 - $7,000);

and a black wool Atelier Versace ensemble worn by Houston while performing “The Greatest Love of All” at the 1997 at the Third Annual International Achievement In Arts Awards in Beverly Hills and while accepting the Trumpet Award in 1998 ($3,000 - $5,000); Beatlemania items including a framed original marker on paper portrait of John Lennon playing guitar, signed in pencil by artist Leroy Neiman ($10,000 - $20,000); a 1962 Britain pressing 7” single acetate of The Beatles’ recording “P.S. I Love You” (photo left) signed by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr ($4,000 - $6,000); and a sheet of handwritten lyrics and setlist from 1960/1961 written by Paul McCartney and Stuart Sutcliffe presented in a frame with songs such as “Sweeter Than You,” “It’s Late,” “Love (Me) Tender,” “Loving You,” and “Piece of Mind” ($4,000 - $6,000);

one of Flea’s original Mesa Boogie 2x10 RoadReady cabinets (photo right) used on tour with the Red Hot Chili Peppers in the early 90s and on stage throughout the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ headlining performance at the second Lollapalooza concert in 1992 ($3,000 - $5,000); a red and creme colored Fender Stratocaster electric guitar signed by Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Stevie Ray Vaughn and others ($6,000 - $8,000); a custom Washburn PS2000 guitar personally owned and signed guitar with handwritten lyrics by Paul Stanley, which he played with KISS during their 1998-2000 Psycho Circus Tour accompanied by thirteen Paul Stanley Kiss guitar picks glued to the side of the guitar ($6,000 - $8,000); iconic items from The King of Pop such as a pair of black leather loafers signed “Michael Jackson” and “Love Michael Jackson” by Michael Jackson in gold felt-tip pen ($6,000 - $8,000); a pair of gold aviator Richard Fossas sunglasses engraved with “MJ 33-01 84” worn by Michael Jackson on the Victory tour throughout 1984; items from The Queen of Pop such as, the 1986 MTV VMA Moonman presented to Madonna for Best Female Video of for “Papa Don’t Preach” ($2,000 - $4,000) and a hot pink charmeuse silk headband (photo below left) with bow embellishment worn by Madonna in her iconic 1984 “Material Girl” music video ($1,000 - $2,000);

a pair of skateboard decks signed by members of Sex Pistols band and inscribed with a handwritten setlist of Sex Pistols songs including “God Save the Queen”, “EMI” and “Liar” ($2,000 - $4,000); a fine collection of handwritten song lyrics (each estimate: $2,000 - $4,000) such as, a lined sheet of paper with Noel Gallagher’s handwritten lyrics in blue pen to the 1995 Oasis song “Wonderwall” ($2,000 - $4,000); a sheet of handwritten lyrics by Annie Lennox for The Eurythmics’ hit song “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)”; a sheet of lined notebook paper with lyrics for the second verse of “Dear Mama” handwritten and signed by Tupac Shakur; an Atelier Versace Swarovski crystal motorcycle helmet used by Lady Gaga (photo below right) for her photoshoot for the cover of Harper’s Bazaar magazine in March 2014, shot by photographer Terry Richardson ($2,000 - $4,000) and more.

“Julien’s Auctions is honored to present this extraordinary collection of historic and important music relics used by the pantheon of rock gods and pop music icons from the 20th century and 21st century at our annual two-day music event of the year,” said Darren Julien, President/Chief Executive Officer of Julien’s Auctions. “The breadth and scope of these museum worthy collectibles represent not only the pinnacle of these legendary figures’ careers and their mythic performances but the impact of their artistry and the lives they lived on and off the stage that changed not only music but the world.”


Hard Rock Cafe New York
1501 Broadway
Times Square
New York
NY 10036

Monday, November 15th, 2021 – Friday, November 19th, 2021
Free to the public: 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time daily


Icons & Idols: Rock 'N' Roll
Friday, November 19th, 2021
Session I: 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time
Session II: 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Icons & Idols: Rock 'N' Roll
Saturday, November 20th, 2021
Session III: 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time
Session IV: 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time


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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.

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