Rock and roll memorabilia heads to auction starting Jan. 22

By Susan Sliwicki

BLOOMFIELD, N.J. — Artist-signed guitars, backstage passes and rare posters are among 337 pop culture-related lots headed to the online auction block Jan. 22-Feb. 5, 2013.

The event, which is presented by Nye & Company Auctioneers/Appraisers, will be hosted via www.igavelauctions.com. The items are from the collection of record executive and rock and roll insider Michael Klenfner.

Highlights include:

Pete Townshend autographed guitar• A Pete Townshend-signed Takamine EG-33OC acoustic guitar;

• An Epiphone Les Paul electric guitar signed by Les Paul;

• A Gibson Les Paul Junior electric guitar signed by Joe Perry and Aerosmith;

• 18 pop culture-related lots, each with 40 items, featuring items including backstage passes, pins and other memorabilia;

• More than 40 tour jackets for The Rolling Stones, The Who, Eagles, The Beach Boys, Santana and Barbra Streisand;

Joan Jett Up Your Alley RIAA award• More than 30 RIAA gold and platinum record awards for artists including Chicago, Eagles, Loggins and Messina, Jefferson Starship, Dave Matthews Band and Joan Jett

• A framed, autographed copy of The Rolling Stones’ 1986 album, “Dirty Work,” signed by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman;

• Memorabilia related to “The Blues Brothers” and “Blues Brothers 2000,” including character action figures, a briefcase with handcuffs; a CD signed by Dan Aykroyd and John Goodman; a concert pass for Road to Ruin Blues Brothers Band Summer Tour 1980; a pin; and two cardboard cutouts of the cast;

Concert TShirts• Concert posters for acts including The Who, Joe Cocker, The Grateful Dead, The Butterfield Blues Band, Buffalo Springfield and Cream;

• Thirteen pop culture-themed belt buckles

• An sketch drawn and signed by Bill Graham on a Patti Smith concert poster, dated 11-14-75;

• A collection of 190 vintage concert and radio T-shirts;

• Several art prints by Jerry Garcia, all signed;

• A 1975 Rolling Stones Cow Palace concert poster; and

• A collection of WWF, XFL and UFC memorabilia.

The items are from the collection of record executive Michael Klenfner and his wife, Carol, who was a publicist for artists including The Rolling Stones, The Who, Elton John, The Doors, Cat Stevens, Aerosmith and Jethro Tull.

Klenfner got his start in the music industry in decidedly unglamorous roles as part of the on-stage crew at Woodstock and the security detail at the Fillmore East. He went on to serve as music director of WNEW-FM, was the first album promoter at Columbia Records. and followed with stints as vice president at Arista, Atlantic and Front Line Management. He worked with artists including The Grateful Dead, The Beach Boys, Jefferson Airplane, The Who, Boz Scaggs, AC/DC, Bruce Springsteen, Led Zeppelin, Patti Smith, Outlaws, Marshall Tucker Band, Billy Joel and Eagles.

As an industry heavyweight and ultimate insider, Klenfner traveled with The Rolling Stones and signed The Blues Brothers for their first record deal. In turn, John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd wrote a special cameo for Klenfner in the 1980 movie “The Blues Brothers,” where he played the president of the fictional Clarion Records.

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