Beyond Vinyl: Doors, Beatles, Buddy Holly items in Heritage sale

 By Peter Lindblad
THIS ROLLING STONES’ concert poster in Heritage’s upcoming auction advertises shows in 1994.   Photos courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries.
THIS ROLLING STONES’ concert poster in Heritage’s upcoming auction advertises shows in 1994. Photos courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries.
Concert gear the Doors used on their last tour in 1970. One side of an acetate featuring The Beatles’ “Anna.” All kinds of Buddy Holly memorabilia from the collection of Holly’s wife.

These and a host of other items will go up for bidding in Heritage Auctions’ 2010 April Signature Music & Entertainment Memorabilia Auction, scheduled for April 9-10.

The sale will take place at Heritage’s new Beverly Hills, Calif., office at 9478 W. Olympic Blvd. You will be able to follow the auction live, on the Internet or by telephone. To find out how, visit

Among the highlights is a lot with equipment from The Doors’ final tour, including the microphone used by Jim Morrison, some travel cases and the sound system — without speakers.

Perhaps the most personal items in the auction come from Maria Elena Holly. Included among them are Buddy Holly suit coats and shirts, a selection of photos, some of Holly’s original business cards and a couple of limited-edition guitars, one a commemorative Fender Stratocaster.

“Some of the stuff is Buddy’s,” says Heritage’s Gary Schrumm, “and some she picked up after Buddy’s death.”

Always popular among collectors are Beatles-related pieces. This auction features the Vee-Jay Records “Anna” acetate, “which, as far as we know, has never shown up before,” says Schrumm.

One of the rarest Beatles singles is Vee-Jay No. 8, with “Ask Me Why” and “Anna.” In near-mint condition, it’s worth approximately $24,000. The one-sided acetate for bidding here contains only “Anna.”

Another Beatles highlight is a copy of the U.K. magazine Fabulous that features signatures from all four Beatles on the cover. The piece has an interesting story behind it.

“It was the February issue before The Beatles took off to come over to America,” says Schrumm. “On the plane, a guy asked them to autograph it for his daughter, so it was signed on the plane by The Beatles on the way to their first performance in the States.”

Other Beatles items include a promotional poster for the Sgt. Pepper album, an autographed copy of the Please, Please Me LP and an early production test slick for the notorious Butcher cover for the mono version of Yesterday And Today.

Also in the auction are a number of signed guitars by such artists as Green Day, Axl Rose and Slash from Guns ’N’ Roses, Eric Clapton, The Sex Pistols and others. There is also a Paul McCartney-signed Hofner bass.

Furthermore, a number of vintage concert posters are up for bidding, including an Otis Redding and Joe Tex specimen from 1965 and others from the Grateful Dead; The Doors; Crosby, Stills & Nash; Jefferson Airplane and Queen. There are also original posters from the Monterey Pop Festival and the Isle Of Wight Festival., and a Led Zeppelin handbill from the 1969 State Fair in Dallas. Gold records from The Beatles, Marshall Tucker Band, The Allman Brothers and Duane Allman also are in the auction, as is Hank Williams’ original guitar case and a Williams-signed publishing contract from 1947 with Acuff-Rose.

For more information on the auction, visit

Auction tips from Heritage

  • When taking part in any music memorabilia auction, the good folks at Heritage Auctions want you to keep these five tips in mind:
  • Always check for a certificate of authenticity.
  • Make sure you get what is represented in the description.
  • Go with an auction company that has a good reputation.
  • Collect things that ought to go up in value. Heritage’s Gary Schrumm advises choosing more personal items, such as “ … stage-played things, an autographed contract — something like that.”
  • When it comes to records, check the condition and the pressings. Schrumm says some people have bought records thinking they’re U.S. pressings only to find out later that they’re from another country.

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