Elvis’ guitar fetches more than $25,000 in Heritage auction

Heritage Auction Galleries sold nearly $650,000 worth of music, TV and movie memorabilia in its Signature Music & Entertainment Memorabilia Auction held June 5 and 6. In the music category, an acoustic guitar owned and used by Elvis Presley attracted the highest final bid, selling for $26,290, including buyer’s premium. Elvis played the guitar in the movie “Follow That Dream” and it had been on display at the Warner Bros. Museum in Hollywood until its previous owner decided to put it up for sale.

Other highlights among the music memorabilia in the auction include: Two stage-used Taylor acoustic guitars owned by John Denver, a 12-string ($20,315) and a six-string ($13,145); a Beatles band-signed shirt ($11,352.50); a Paul McCartney signed left-handed Hofner bass guitar ($11,352.50); and a silk shirt worn by Elvis Presley during the ’70s ($10,157.50). Other lots in the auction included personal jewelry, instruments, autographs, rare recordings and awards from major music stars including, in addition to those already named, Janis Joplin, Badfinger, Bob Dylan, Hootie & The Blowfish and The Rolling Stones.

One series of lots in the auction were original art, photos and fine-art prints from the archives of Storm Thorgerson and the British art collective Hipgnosis, best-known for creating album art for Pink Floyd and other major British bands. A series of six fine-art prints of album covers by Thorgerson sold for $2,091.25. Unused original concept art for the cover of Pink Floyd’s Animals album went for $1,493.75; while production photos for the cover sold for $896.25. The cover photo and contact sheet for the Pink Floyd album A Momentary Lapse Of Reason sold for $597.50. Prices realized on other Thorgerson pieces sold in the auction ranged from $448 to $746.

Unsold lots from the auction are still available for purchase at the Heritage Web site (www.ha.com) through June 22.

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