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Butcher Cover, rare Hendrix poster offered via SeriousToyz

If you love music-related memorabilia, including concert posters, Elvis items and Fab Four and rock concert posters, you owe it to yourself to check out the latest Serious Toyz auction, which closes May 30, 2013.

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.

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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:

The Beatles
• 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)


Elvis Presley
• 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)

Monkeemobile tin toy

• 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)

Supremes LIncoln Center concert poster

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.