By Susan Sliwicki
A Jim Morrison-signed "Morrison Hotel" album and promotional cover slick for "A Hard Day's Night" signed by all four Beatles are among the highlights of RR Auction's Marvels of Modern Music Auction.
The auction, which wraps up Jan. 26, 2012, features more than 700 lots related to artists including The Beatles, The Doors, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd are part of the auction. The auction's 30-minute rule goes into effect at 7 p.m. Eastern Jan. 26; you can click here to check out the auction.
John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr signed the "A Hard Day's Night" cover slick in black ballpoint ink and presented it to a stewardess on the band's flight from London to Liverpool on July 10, 1964, according to the lot description. This is one of four such signed copies presented to stewardesses on that flight, according to a letter of authenticity from the recipient, Vivian Nevin. Also included is a copy of the record, a short handwritten statement of provenance and an original color glossy portrait of Nevin on the stairway to one of the planes, a photo of the other stewardesses holding matching signed slicks and greeting The Beatles at the bottom of the stairs to their plane. A letter of authenticity from noted Beatles expert Frank Caiazzo, is also included. By Jan. 25, bidding had reached $11,500.
This one-of-a-kind "Morrison Hotel" album was signed "J. Morrison" in blue felt-tip pen on the cover's inside gatefold; the record also is included. Morrison's signature alone is a fairly rare quantity, but albums signed by him are basically nonexistent. Efforts by auction organizers to find any other albums signed by Morrison came up empty. By Jan. 25, bidding had passed $5,500.
Other lots of note (and bids made as of noon Jan. 25, 2011) include:
• A complete set of John Lennon's "Bag One" lithographs, containing all 13 original lithographs, three cover pages and the Bag One folio carrying case. This set was numbered 224 out of the original 300 sets originally created. ($27,815).
• A letter written by Pfc. Elvis Presley — aka "The King" — while stationed in Germany with the U.S. Army. ($12,650).
• A matted, framed and autographed "Double Fantasy" album cover signed by both John Lennon and Yoko Ono. The item was appraised to have a market value of $12,000. ($9,882).
• A Hofner bass guitar (circa 1959) signed by John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison. The guitar is missing Ringo Starr's autograph because he was recovering from tonsillitis, and substitute drummer Jimmy Nichol was not asked to sign the instrument. The only known and documented guitar signed by John, Paul, George and Ringo previously was destroyed in a flood. ($9,663).
• A glossy 8x10 photo signed by and showing all four members of The Beatles while on a beach in The Bahamas during the filming of "Help." ($9,468).
• Johnny Ramone's concert-played Mosrite guitar used during the band's final club performance. ($6,655).
• An autographed 6.5 x 4.75 glossy photograph of Pink Floyd from 1968, signed by David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Syd Barrett, Richard Wright and Nick Mason. ($6,297).
• A white, cropped Jackson Five jacket attributed to Michael Jackson. ($3,076).
• A 1969 Fender Swinger electric guitar (rare in its own right) in Lake Placid Blue, with hardshell case, owned by The Who's John Entwistle. ($2,469).
• A group of seven Bob Dylan concert-used Hohner harmonicas. ($2,148).
• An autographed photo of The Rolling Stones featuring Mick Jagger, Brian Jones, Bill Wyman, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts, along with an undated, handwritten letter signed by Richards on The Official Rolling Stones Fan Club letterhead. ($1,909).
• An inscribed copy of "Led Zeppelin II" signed by the band's drummer, John Bonham. ($1,129).