Auction offers up famous rock ‘n’ roll images and their copyrights

The Philip Kamin rock photo collection will be auctioned by Legendary Auctions. Courtesy of Legendary Auctions/Philip Kamin Collection

The Philip Kamin rock photo collection will be auctioned by Legendary Auctions. Courtesy of Legendary Auctions/Philip Kamin Collection

Renowned rock ‘n’ roll photographer Philip Kamin is parting with his prized photography collection, which features rock music icons from the last 50 years.

The 30,000-piece collection consists of Kamin’s own photographs, as well as great shots by other photographers that he acquired during his career. It includes historic photos of The Beatles at Shea Stadium, Jimi Hendrix performing at the Whisky A Go Go, The Rolling Stones in concert and candid frames of Elvis Presley.

But there’s a lot more than the jaw-dropping “wow” factor of these iconic images that set them apart. They’ve never been sold to newspapers, magazines or photo agencies, and both the photos and their original rights have remained in Kamin’s possession for decades. Kamin only sold his photographs to the bands he toured with, the band’s manager, their public relations firms, record companies, or the band’s merchandisers. As a result, these photographs and their original rights have remained in Kamin’s possession for decades.

And now… he’s selling both images AND copyrights in Legendary Auctions’ February premium auction, which concludes Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010. The auction items can be viewed at http://legendaryauctions.com/catalog.aspx)

Kamin picked up his first camera in the summer of 1978. His natural talent was readily evident, and in short landed him the coveted gig as tour photographer for the band Genesis. His artistry met instant success, and Kamin became one of the most in-demand music photographers on the United Kingdom’s rock ‘n’ roll circuit. Over the years, Kamin also has worked with Paul McCartney and Wings, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Bob Dylan, Phil Collins, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Peter Gabriel, Yes, Mick Jagger, The Clash, AC/DC, Rush, Queen, King Crimson, Van Halen, Motorhead, Roxy Music, Bill Bruford, Black Sabbath, The Cars, Madonna and John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd’s Blues Brothers.

Kamin’s passion for rock n’roll photography extended beyond the lens of his own camera. For years, Kamin has been adding to his own personal photo collection with shots taken by other rock n’ roll photo enthusiasts. The most notable was his acquisition of Marc Weinstein’s famous photos of the Beatles historic concert held August 15th, 1965 at Shea Stadium that are offered in this sale. Exhibiting the same control he insisted on with his own work, Kamin always purchased the copyrights with every photograph he purchased.

Now, after years of safeguarding his treasured images, Kamin feels the time is right to share them with rock n’ roll fans everywhere. “I have had a lot of time to enjoy these images and I want to make sure they end up in the hands of individuals who will cherish them as much as I have,” said Kamin. “Bringing them to avid collectors seems to make the most sense.”

We have done our best to incorporate some of the most spectacular images in our catalog presentation, but please note that many more are available on our website. Interested collectors may set up an appointment for on-site viewing at Legendary Auctions’ Lansing, Ill., office. For more information, visit the company’s Web site at http://legendaryauctions.com/ or call (708) 889-9380.


 

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