This issue we’ll take a look at some upcoming auctions, then look at some recent prices realized for memorabilia.
Julien’s Auctions is holding a live and online auction of the collection of Barbra Streisand Oct. 17 and 18, with all proceeds going to the Streisand Foundation. The sale will include more than 500 items from the actresss/singer/producer/director’s original New York apartment, her home in Beverly Hills and her Malibu ranch house. The sale also features memorabilia including stage-worn clothing and film-worn costumes, in addition to pieces from Streisand’s personal wardrobe.
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Bidding for Heritage Auction Gallery’s “20th Century Icons” auction is scheduled to begin Oct. 19 and runs through Nov. 8. Featured music memorabilia in the sale includes a Stevie Ray Vaughan signed and played acoustic guitar and an Eric Clapton signed limited-edition “Blackie” tribute guitar. The auction also includes several RIAA Gold Album awards, photos, posters, autographs and personal items belonging to Elvis, members of The Beatles and more.
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Julien’s Auctions will be at The Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square, New York City, Nov. 21 to hold a “Music Icons” auction. The sale features items from Madonna, Bob Dylan, Ron Wood, Elvis Presley, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain and many other rock legends. The auction highlight will be Michael Jackson’s iconic white glove from his 1983 performance of “Billie Jean” at the Motown 25 television special, where he performed the Moonwalk for the first time. Other rare Jackson items are also included in the sale.
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Bonhams & Butterfields’ Entertainment Memorabilia sale Dec. 21 will feature a wide range of collectible pop-culture items, including a T-shirt worn by Michael Jackson in his “Beat It” video during the dance sequence. The turquoise sleeveless cotton shirt depicts cherubs and a heart set against a hot pink background with the words “n’y a plus que l’amour / sauf amour” printed on it. Though Jackson wears a red leather jacket over this T-shirt in the video, it can still be seen as he opens and closes the jacket while he’s dancing. The item is expected to bring several thousand dollars during the holiday auction.
Bonhams auctioned off George Harrison’s customized Mini Cooper S at the annual Goodwood Revival sale in the U.K. Sept. 18. The car sold for £23,000, including buyer’s premium, and the proceeds from the sale of the car will benefit the Material World Charitable Foundation, which Harrison founded in 1973.
A large amount of music memorabilia is offered for sale on eBay. Here are some notable sales from mid to late September:
• A David Bowie original Sigma Sound Studio recording reel sold for $15,000. According to the seller, the 10" reel of 2" tape is from a studio recording session in August 1974 in Philadelphia and contains multiple takes of four tracks: “Young Americans,” “After Today,” “I’m a Laser”