Julien’s Auctions, the world–record breaking auction house, has announced that ICONS & IDOLS: ROCK–N–ROLL their two–day music extravaganza to take place Friday, November 9 and Saturday, November 10 live in Hard Rock Café in New York and online at www.juliensauctions.com. The all star lineup featuring hundreds of historical items of music giants Prince, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Elvis Presley, The Beatles and more joins the previously announced auctions of Bernie Taupin and Aretha Franklin.
Born Prince Rogers Nelson in 1958 in Minneapolis, Minnesota and revered around the world by his first name and later only a symbol, the one and only Prince takes center stage with several of his most iconic items heading to auction for the first time, most notably his final stage performance instrument: a white Collings 290 guitar (estimate: $60,000–$80,000) (photo above left). The seven–time GRAMMY–winning pop music titan played the guitar on stage during a surprise performance at a tribute concert to Ray Charles at the Chanhassen Dinner Theater in Minneapolis on March 12, 2016. While the band was performing “Let the Good Times Roll,” Prince appeared and began to play the guitar solo on stage, much to the shock of the audience and even the band members. Prince played three solos that night in what would be the music legend’s last stage performance; he passed away on April 21, 2016, less than two months later. Another highly–anticipated auction item from the superstar of stage and screen is Prince’s custom–made motorcycle jacket (estimate: $20,000–$30,000) worn in his smash film debut Purple Rain(Warner Bros., 1984). Prince wore the jacket in the film’s motorcycle riding scenes and in the famous scene where he tells Apollonia, “You have to purify yourself in Lake Minnetonka.” A purple trench coat made for Prince to wear in Purple Rain also makes an appearance (estimate: $8,000–$10,000) as well as his scarlet red Gianni Versace couture wool suit worn on the cover of a 1995 issue of Esquire Gentleman(estimate: $10,000–$20,000); The Purple One’s glittery shirts worn on the New Power Soul tour, tunics, vests and more.
The Queen of Pop and the indisputable American fashion provocateur, Madonna, has trail blazed music, celebrity and fashion in a way all her own for the past three decades. After bursting onto the music scene in 1983 with her debut self–titled album, Madonna’s signature “Boy Toy” look with crucifixes, rubber bracelets and lace went on to define 1980s fashion itself. But it was her on–screen wardrobe in her 1985 film debut Desperately Seeking Susan that caused a fashion commotion and global phenomenon where millions of fans around the world emulated her style. One of the Material Girl’s most iconic looks of all time – a custom–made jacquard cropped tuxedo jacket worn by Madonna and her co–star Rosanna Arquette in the film – hits the auction stage (estimate: $80,000–$100,000) (photo left), along with the black hat case used by Madonna’s character Susan as luggage that includes miscellaneous film props including a pair of rhinestone drop earrings, a single leg warmer, a green comb, an almost–empty pack of Camel cigarettes, and some utensils (estimate: $10,000–$20,000).
Hailed by The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as “arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music,” Jimi Hendrix was revered for his open–stringed, revolutionary electric guitar playing style. His band, The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s 1968 studio album, Electric Ladyland, reached number one in the U.S. and is considered one of the greatest rock records of all time that produced the classic singles, “All Along the Watchtower,” “Gypsy Eyes,” “Burning of the Midnight Lamp,” among others. A group of three quarter–inch magnetic tape recordings (photo right) featuring tracks from the fabled album including a live studio “jam” version of “Voodoo Child” with Steve Winwood on organ and Jack Casady on bass together with five reel boxes bearing titles and recording information from the Ladyland sessions with Hendrix’s own handwritten notations will be offered for auction (estimate: $50,000–$70,000). Other Hendrix artifacts include a strip of four black and white negatives of the rock legend performing at the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970 (estimate: $1,000–$2,000); a King Concert Poster at the Fillmore Auditorium, February 2–3, 1968 (estimate: $6,000–$8,000); a Woodstock commemorative flag featuring the names of the festival performers Hendrix, Santana and The Who (estimate: $3,000–$5,000); photographs, a drum case and more.
Another piece of rock fashion iconography comes from one of the most influential singer–songwriters of all time: Bob Dylan. The revered 1960s folk icon, who became the voice of a generation with his civil rights and anti–war movements anthems, “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “The Times They Are a–Changin,” and later went electric with his hit single “Like a Rolling Stone,” has been a looming figure in pop music and culture for more than five decades. One of his distinct looks, his black motorcycle jacket, worn extensively during the 1980s will be presented at auction and is conservatively estimated at $50,000 to $70,000 (photo left). Dylan wore the jacket on the cover of his 1984 album Real Live; in the music video for his 1985 single “Tight Connection to My Heart (Has Anyone Seen My Love)”; during his performance with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers at the University of Illinois on Sept. 22, 1985; on the True Confessions international tour with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers in 1986; and in multiple public appearances.
In honor of Michael Jackson’s Diamond Birthday Celebration, Giuseppe Zanotti and The Estate of Michael Jackson have announced “Giuseppe Tribute to Michael Jackson” Pair “Number One” to be sold at the auction. This one–of–a–kind pair of Tribute sneakers is the only pair of the limited edition that will have been further embellished with approximately 120 genuine black diamonds (108 karats) and approximately 55 rubies (18 karats) in place of the black and red crystals. One hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation. The pair will be handmade for the winning bidder and customized to their size. The shoes will be signed by Giuseppe Zanotti and accompanied by a GAI certificate, guaranteeing the authenticity and quality of the gemstones (estimate: $30,000 – $50,000).
Another highly anticipated moment of the auction will be the presentation of Michael Jackson’s never before seen original drawings (photo top right) from the collection of Dr. Steven M. Hoefflin, Jackson’s close friend and art collaborator. The series of over 30 illustrations (various estimates: $2,000–$8,000) drawn in marker and pencil and signed by the The King of Pop in the 80s features intimate self–portraits of Jackson as a child and young man, traces of his sequined glove and ungloved hand, portraits of his sisters Janet, Rebbie and Latoya and more will be sold at auction for the first time. Other items include a pair of black leather Florsheim Imperial loafers worn and signed on each sole by Jackson in black marker (estimate: $4,000–$6,000), an original poem by Jackson titled Planet Earth, My Home, handwritten lyrics, signed photographs, tour programs and more.
No rock and roll auction would be complete without the appearances of The King of Rock and Roll and the Fab Four. Elvis Presley’s most show stopping jewelry and clothing and personal ephemera will rock the stage including a 14 karat gold TCB “Taking Care of Business” chain necklace, believed to have been the first that Presley gifted to the Memphis Mafia (estimate: $30,000–$50,000) (photo left); The King’s 18 karat yellow gold diamond ring worn during his 1969 summer engagement at the Las Vegas International Hotel and Casino (estimate: $15,000–$20,000); Presley’s white canvas Karate Gi with belt (estimate: $15,000–$20,000); pieces of his hair collected from one of Presley’s last haircuts in 1977 (estimate: $4,000–$6,000) as well as his Hawaiian shirts, gold nugget cufflinks, medical instruments and medical bag used by Elvis Presley’s personal physician, “Dr. Nick” (Dr. George Nichopoulos), and more.
Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of one of rock and roll’s most important recordings, The Beatles (White Album), a group of four of the album’s covers, each signed by a member of The Beatles and one including the signature of Yoko Ono will be presented (estimate: $10,000–$20,000), together with a (White Album) promotional postcard signed by George Martin. In addition, 60s style icon and actress Sharon Tate’s copy of The Beatles (White Album), will also be offered (estimate: $2,000–$4,000). Other Beatle Mania items include John Lennon’s pair of metal–frame sunglasses with an additional green–tinted flap, worn in The Beatles’ 1967 “Penny Lane” music video (estimate: $10,000–$20,000) (photo right); Ringo Starr’s Ludwig drum kit used in a 2000 Charles Schwab Super Bowl commercial (estimate: $10,000–$20,000); an acoustic guitar (without a maker or serial number) played by Paul McCartney while recording in studio in 1968, with the band Drew and Dy (estimate: $20,000–$30,000) and more.
Other auction highlights include: a black Washburn Paul Stanley signature guitar used by Stanley on stage during the KISS Farewell Tour in 2000 (estimate: $15,000–$20,000) and Ace Frehley’s stage played 1959 Gibson Custom Les Paul guitar (estimate: $20,000–$30,000); Brian Tichy’s nine–piece Natal drum kit played with The Dead Daisies tour with KISS, Def Leppard, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Bad Company in 2014 (estimate: $10,000–$20,000); David Bowie’s
orange boiler suit worn in the 1984 promotional video “Jazzin’ for Blue Jean” (estimate: $5,000–$7,000); a 2004 black and yellow Charvel EVH Art Series guitar, striped and played by Eddie Van Halen (estimate: $10,000–$20,000); a Taylor 514–CE acoustic guitar owned and played by both Oasis frontman and guitarist Noel Gallagher and cyclist Bradley Wiggins (estimate: $10,000–$20,000) and Gallagher’s handwritten lyrics for “Champagne Supernova” in black marker (estimate: $2,000–$4,000); a navy blue police shirt worn on stage by George Michael and his black western–style silver metal toed booties worn on his 1988 tour as well as in the “Faith” music video (estimate: $1,000–$2,000) (photo left); a black Eric Clapton “Blackie” signature Fender Stratocaster signed by Clapton and B.B. King (estimate: $4,000–$6,000); and memorabilia from Britney Spears, Led Zepelin, The Who, Whitney Houston, Johnny Cash, Frank Zappa, Cher, Lady Gaga, Kurt Cobain, The Sex Pistols, The Rolling Stones, Tina Turner, Carlos Santana, Neil Young, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Lou Reed, Alicia Keys and more.