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Producer Felton Jarvis’ Personal Collection of Elvis Presley Memorabilia and Property from the Estate of Engelbert Humperdinck Join All Star Lineup

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Los Angeles, California – (October 12, 2017) – Julien’s Auctions, the world-record breaking auction house, has announced that Icons & Idols: ROCK-N-ROLL their blockbuster, music auction event of the season to take place November 4, 2017 in Los Angeles and live online.

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. 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 are just some of the headliners. (photo top and bottom left: Prince’s guitar and Nirvana’s MTV Moonman award and photo right: Michael Jackson’s glove)

From its now classic opening power riff, Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” created a seismic shift in the music universe by heralding the alternative/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 Kurdt” signed by Cobain (estimate: $10,000-$12,000); a xerographed collage memento pertaining to the night Kurt Cobain and future wife Courtney Love consummated their relationship at a hotel known as the Rock ‘n’ Roll Days Inn (estimate: $400-$600); Cobain’s cheerleader outfit from Aberdeen Weatherwax High School (shown in photo left), where the singer was a student, worn in a photo shoot with photographer Mark Seliger for Rolling Stone in 1994 (estimate: $4,000-$6,000) as well as other clothing, tour schedules, sketches and ephemera owned by the late Nirvana frontman.

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. Jackson’s extraordinary life and brilliant talents with his distinct fashion style set him apart from all other pop stars and made him a cultural phenomenon that we will most likely never see again. 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 one of this auction’s centerpiece items (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) (shown in photo right) and a black leather jacket with gold piping and badges worn 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) (shown top left); 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 (shown in photo left); 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.

Felton Jarvis was not only Elvis Presley’s record producer from 1967 to 1977 but also one of his all time biggest fans. Presley gave a variety of personal items to Jarvis over the years and highlights 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 brown leather ensemble worn in a recording session (estimate: $8,000-$10,000); a pair of gifted leather chairs (estimate: $2,000-$3,000) and jewelry box ($5,000-$7,000) from Presley’s estate Graceland; a recording contract at Radio Recorders Studio (estimate: $2,000-$4,000); two of the King of Rock and Roll’s aviator sunglasses (estimates ranging from $8,000-$14,000) (shown in photo right) and more. Jarvis’ collection joins alongside property of a larger than life legend, the Grammy award winning singer, Engelbert Humperdinck who has 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,” (shown in photo left) 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).

Julien’s Auctions is pulling the tour bus over and featuring road cases of 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) (shown in photo left) 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 set of four collarless “Beatles” style suits made for the band’s wax figures display at Madame Tussaud's Museum in London in 1963 (estimate: $60,000-$80,000) (shown in photo left); a hotel visitors' register handwritten by each of The Beatles (estimate: $4,000-$6,000); a poster advertising the Operation Big Beat concert with performances by The Beatles and Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, among others (owned by Alan Caldwell aka Rory Storm with an estimate: $20,000-$25,000); 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 Memory album 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).

“Each season, the incredible memorabilia we curate for our rock and roll auction rises to a higher decibel of excitement and with this sale we’re turning it up to eleven,” said Darren Julien, President/Chief Executive Officer of Julien’s Auctions. “This star studded event is one of the most comprehensive and inclusive music collections ever assembled in auction history. These iconic items from Michael Jackson to Nirvana to Elvis to The Beatles and more that will be presented to the public were not only touched by these artists but created some of the most seminal pop culture moments of our time.”

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’s 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 the recording of the Are You Experienced album in 1967 (estimate: $10,000-$20,000) (shown in photo right); a limited edition portfolio of Joni Mitchell signed prints given by Mitchell to friends and never available for sale to the public (estimate: $8,000-$10,000); 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) and a pattern for her Blond Ambition tour corset designed by Jean-Paul Gaultier ($800-$1,200) (shown in photo bottom right); an Electro-Voice EV 676 gold tone microphone used on stage by The Doors’ Jim Morrison (estimate: $10,000-$20,000) and more.

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