Beyond Vinyl: Memorabilia market round-up

This time around, we’ll look at current and upcoming auctions, then check out some highlights from recent memorabilia auctions.

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Heritage Auction Galleries is now accepting consignments for its April Signature Music & Entertainment Memorabilia Auction. Bidding in the auction is tentatively scheduled to begin March 22.

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Fillmore Poster Inc.’s Nov. 12-22 auction saw an original Jimi Hendrix “flying eyeball” poster in near-mint condition sell for $8,100. A rare poster advertising a Bob Dylan/Joan Baez eastern U.S. tour also sold for $8,100 in near-mint condition.

A proof sheet including the Jimi Hendrix “flying eyeball” poster and a poster for John Mayall And The Bluesbreakers, Arlo Guthrie and Loading Zone, signed by both artists and in near-mint-minus condition, sold for $8,000.

A Grateful Dead SNCC Benefit poster in near-mint-minus condition sold for $7,500, and a poster advertising The Beatles’ 1966 Candlestick Park concert closed at $5,138. It was in near-mint-minus condition.

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One of the highlights of Bonhams & Butterfield’s Modern, Contemporary and Latin American Art auction held Nov. 17 in Los Angeles was the art for a Beatles album which was never made, which sold for $51,850.

“Untitled (John, Paul, George, Ringo and the Beatles)” by Jim Dine was originally commissioned by Capitol Records for a Beatles album which was never made. The lot consisted of five graphite and watercolor on vellum pieces and were expected to bring $25,000 to $35,000. The artwork had been in the private collection of former Capitol Records President Sal Iannucci.

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The original album-cover artwork for The Clash’s London Calling, designed by Ray Lowry, which sold for £72,000 (more than $116,700) was the top lot at Bonhams Entertainment’s Knightsbridge, U.K. sale Dec. 16. The art was expected to sell for £50,000 to £70,000. The mixed-media art for the album cover was mounted and framed with two sheets of pen-and-ink sketches, each signed by the artist.

Michael Jackson’s trademark hat and shoes sold for £22,800 (almost $37,000), bringing in almost double the pre-sale estimate of £10,000 to £12,000. The hat and shoes were worn by Jackson for the TV special “Michael Jackson, 30th Anniversary Celebration” which aired in 2001.

An autographed issue of ‘The Beatles Book’ fan club monthly magazine, No.5, Xmas Edition, December 1963, the front cover signed in blue ballpoint by the Beatles, together with issue No. 36, July 1966, and five 8 x 10 black-and-white press photographs, estimated to sell for £3,500-4,500, went for £12,000 (over $19,000).

Bonhams Entertainment specialist Stephanie Connell said after the sale, “Today’s sale shows that important and rare memorabilia continues to achieve strong prices.”


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