Beatles, Elvis collectibles dominate music offerings at Hake’s auction

By Susan Sliwicki

Unpublished photos of Elvis, rare concert posters and a variety of Beatles collectibles are all up for grabs at the Hake’s Americana & Collectibles’ auction that closes Thursday, Feb. 3, 2010.

More than 220 music-related lots are offered in the event, which also features lots ranging from action figures to watches.

Topping the lineup is one of Michael Jackson’s signed, stage-worn shirts from his days in the Jackson 5 is expected to bring $10,000 to $20,000. Designed by Boyd Clopton, the psychedelic print polyester shirt has a wide collar and zippered back.

Elvis Presley

An 80-photo collection of unpublished candid photos of Elvis Presley and his family taken between 1966 and 1972 also is on the block. The amateur photos were shot at Graceland and other locations where Elvis made appearances, and many show Elvis interacting with fans, as well as with his family ($1,000 to $5,000).

A Near Mint 3-EP Elvis Presley promotional record set in a triple gatefold cover from RCA (SPD 23) also is featured. The record set were a bonus for buyers of an Elvis Presley Victrola record player ($2,000 to $5,000).

Also offered:

• A pair of records featuring “Mystery Train” b/w/ “I Forgot To Remember to Forget” — one is a VG 45 on the Sun label, while the other is a 78 on the RCA Victor label in Good condition ($200 to $400).

• A pair of RCA Victor 45s — “Love Me Tender” / “Any Way You Want Me” (47-6643) in Excellent condition and “Love Me Tender/Let Me/Poor Boy/We’re Gonna Move” (EPA-4006) in NM condition.

• Movie posters from “Blue Hawaii” ($400 to $700), “Viva Las Vegas” ($400 to $700) and “G.I. Blues” ($200 to $400).

• An Near Mint vinyl Elvis Presley wallet from 1956 ($200 to $400)

• A full bottle of Elvis’ “Teddy Bear” perfume ($100 to $200).

The Beatles

The lads from Liverpool are well represented in this auction with 62 lots. At the top of the list is a three-dimensional, 58-inch-tall store display, which was used to hold copies of the Fab Four’s 1969 soundtrack album from “Yellow Submarine.” ($2,000 to $5,000).

Additional “Yellow Submarine”-related collectibles include:

• A full Beatles figural bank set features all four band members’ banks in excellent condition, and each complete with a stopper and copyright and company stickers. ($1,000 to $2,000).

• A lunch box and Thermos set, complete with the original store price sticker on the lucn box ($700 to $1,000).

• A sealed yellow submarine model kit ($200 to $400).

• A boxed Corgi submarine toy ($400 to $700)

• A set of six “Yellow Submarine”-themed puzzles ($400 to $700).

• A framed and matted animation cel featuring a Blue Meanie chasing John Lennon ($400 to $700).

A few other Beatles rarities are featured, including:

• A Beatles schoolbag ($1,000 to $2,000).

• An illustrated black and white polka-dot “The Beatles” dress with hang tag ($200 to $400).

• Ticket stubs from The Beatles’ concert at Cleveland Stadium in 1966 ($200 to $400) and a 1966 press stub for Busch Memorial Stadium in 1966 ($400 to $1,000).

• Five uncut sheets of images that were to be used for Beatles flicker rings ($200 to $400).

• A set of Royal Doulton toby mugs featuring a Sgt. Pepper theme ($400 to $700).

Concert Posters

A variety of posters also are on the block, including a Woodstock poster made for the initially proposed venue site at Wallkill, N.Y. ($200 to $400); a red Arnold Skolnik design featuring a dove and a guitar neck that was selected for the actual event ($700 to $2,000); a poster for the “Open Air Love & Peace” featival held at Isle of Fehmarn, Germany in 1970 ($2,000 to $5,000); first printing posters for The Grateful Dead at Family Dog  ($400 to $700 and The Yardbirds and The Doors at Fillmore Auditorium ($700 to $1,000); and a first printing poster showing Dr. Strange art for July 21-22, 1967, concerts at California Hall in San Francisco featuringThe Youngbloods ($1,000 to $2,000).

Other Lots of Interest

Pinback and button collectors will find items for artists ranging from The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Monkees and The Village People to Elvis, Roy Orbison, Gene Pitney, Bing Crosby and Bruce Springsteen ($50 to $200).

And, for true old-school music fans —— and we do mean old school — there are a few early equivalents to tour merch. A ferrotype badge of P.S. Gilmore, which was made and sold as a souvenir at Gilmore’s landmark concerts in the 1870s features a portrait of Gilmore ribbon from the eagle pin at top ($700 to $2,000). A traditional button for Wolfram Triumph Guitar & Mandolin Co. of Columbus, Ohio, circa 1896-98, also is featured ($75 to $200.) A button promoting the group Roney’s Boys, believed to be circa 1903, also is featured ($75 to $200).

KISS fans will be sure to enjoy a pair of original graphite pencil concept drawings and an orginal typewritten storyline synopsis for the Marvel Super Special featuring the band’s characters (2,000 to $5,000).

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