By Susan Sliwicki
Don't let the auction house's name fool you. A variety of Fab Four and Elvis Presley collectibles, a Butcher Cover and several rock and roll posters are featured in Serious Toyz' Vintage Toy and Collectible Auction No. 55.
The auction is divided into two segments: Character and Classic Collectibles closing May 30, 2013, and Toy Vehicles closing May 31, 2013.
An unpeeled, second-state cover for The Beatles' Yesterday and Today" album — vinyl not included — had attracted a couple of bidders willing to surpass the minimum bid of $995. A 2-inch split to the cover's spine has been repaired, according to the lot description.
A retail display card for Beatles Cellophone Self-Adhesive tape — complete with all 12 rolls of tape still attached — is also up for auction. The rolls are in factory-sealed condition on the unpunched display card, which as a $750 minimum bid.
For the first time, SeriousToyz is offering vintage rock and roll posters from the 1960s and 1970s. Leading those lots is a rare, large-size, first printing Jimi Hendrix Experience concert poster designed by Gunther Kieser and published by Darien House. The poster was for a Jan. 15, 1969, concert in Stuttgart, West Germany that was canceled. It measures 33 inches x 46 7/8 inches. Several bidders had pushed the lot past its $495 minimum bid.
Other music-related lots (with minimum bids listed in parentheses) include:
• A pair of Beatles Wing Dings tennis shoes ($125)
• A first printing Look Magazine poster of John Lennon ($100)
• A 1964 Lionel portable record player (left) with Beatles silhouettes ($95)
• A Royal Grafton Beatles candy dish ($65)
• A blue vinyl wallet with a file, comb, mirror and a pair of two-sided autograph photo cards ($60);
• A Worchester Ware Beatles metal serving tray ($35)
• A Beatles head scarf ($35)
• Beatles phto book minature charm ($35)
• A Paul McCartney figural bubble bath container ($35)
• A still-full Ringo Starr figural bubble bath container ($35)
• The Beatles Official Coloring Book ($30)
• Two mint-on-card Beatles bracelets ($25 each)
• A ticket stub, parking ticket and events sheet from Elvis Presley's June 24, 1973 concert ($250)
• An Elvis Presley "Chu-Bop" country top retail display ($140)
• A 1971 RCA Records "Something From Elvis' Wardrobe For You" promotional souvenir with fabric ($75)
• A 1950s Elvis Presley souvenir pennant ($45)
• Several Elvis Presley souvenir silk scarves ($30 each)
• A Japanese tin Monkeemobile with plastic figures (above) ($195).
• 1978 mint-in-box Mego KISS figurines for Gene Simmons ($95); Ace Frehley ($95); Paul Stanley ($125) and Peter Criss ($125)
• A Corgi Monkeemobile with figurines ($95)
• A 1967 Donruss Monkees bubblegum badges retail display box ($75)
• 1965 Hasbro "Show Biz Babies" kits featuring a bendable doll, an LP record and an autographed photo for Mamas and Papas members Cass Elliot and Denny Doherty ($75)
• A Show Biz Babies Peter Noone figurine ($40)
• A 1969 for the American Folk Blues Festival ($250);
• A 1971 first printing for The Rolling Stones U.K. tour ($250);
• A 1969 "Farewell From The Cream" poster for record stores ($250);
• A 1969 first printing for The Who performing Tommy at Fillmore East ($250);
• A 1971 first printing for the Filmore East Final Concerts ($195);
• A 1972 first printing for the Rolling Stones American tour ($195);
• A first printing for The Supremes (left) Lincoln Center Philharmonic Hall concert ($175);
• A 1973 one-sheet and a 1974 first printing premiere for "Ladies and Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones" ($65 and $175 respectively);
• A first printing Capitol Records record store poster for Jimi Hendrix Band of Gypsys recorded at the Fillmore East ($125);
• A 1972 second printing for The Rolling Stones at Winterland ($125);
• A 1966 first printing of "Bob Dylan by Glazer" poster ($75);
• A first printing of the generic Rolling Stones in Concert ($60); and
• An Elvis Presley souvenir concert poster ($60)
The second portion of the auction, which is related to Toy Vehicles, will close Friday, May 31, 2013. Together more than 1,800 lots are featured in the events. They include:
• James Bond trading cars, games, posters and toy vehicles, as well as a 007-themed after-shave kit, guitar amp and AM radio;
• More than 150 vintage space toys and collectibles, including Star Trek and Star Wars items;
• More than 100 vintage Western lots;
• Vintage first- and second-generation Barbies;
• Hundreds of mint-in-box die-cast vehicles from Corgi, Matchbox, Dinky, Tootsietoy, Hubley, Hot Wheels, Johnny Lightning and Cigar Box;
• Dozens of toy airplanes, toy ships and toy outboard motors;
• A variety of tin vehicles from makers including Marx, Strauss and Bandai; and
• 70 Aurora Vibrator and Thunder Jet vehicles in near-mint or better conditions.