DALLAS — A gypsy-style vest worn by Jimi Hendrix is expected to bring more than $15,000 at Heritage Auctions’ Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Signature Auction on Dec. 14, 2012.
The heavyweight brown velvet and gold silk brocade vest with two hook and loop-style closures, several pockets and numerous tiny mirror appliqués among detailed and decorative stitching was worn by Hendrix in February 1969. It was a gift to Stevens Weiss, Hendrix’s attorney and good friend.
“Weiss was in London for Hendrix’s Royal Albert Hall concerts,” said Garry Shrum, Consignment Director at Heritage Auctions, “and, backstage before one of the two shows, he mentioned to Hendrix how much he liked this vest. Hendrix immediately took it off and handed to him as a gift.”
Hendrix's vest is one of many lots featured in this auction with a distinct, personal connection to an artist. Conway Twitty's owned and played 1957 Gretsch Roundup 6130 solid body electric guitar with a custom hand-tooled leather cover and original leather strap is expected to bring $20,000 or more. It was Twitty's first rock and roll guitar, and he used it both in the studio and onstage during his early years performing.
A contract signed by Buddy Holly for The Crickets to appear at New York City's Apollo Theatre in August 1957 is expected to bring $15,000 or more. The contract reveals that the four-member group drew pay of $1,000 for the week.
The rarest variant of The Rolling Stones' "Let It Bleed" (London NPS-4, 1969) — a multi-colored vinyl pressing — is expected to bring $10,000+. The EX-condition pressing was a very exclusive offering originally intended for a select few executives of the London Records label. Heritage is aware of only one other copy having ever been offered.
A First State Butcher Cover of The Beatles' "Yesterday And Today" (Capitol T2553, 1966) is estimated at $4,000+, and a Beatles “The White Album” LP (Apple 101, 1968) with a very low number, A0000023, once belonging to Paul McCartney's girlfriend, Jane Asher, is expected to bring more than $2,500.
A 78 RPM acetate featuring Buddy Holly's "Gotta Roll"/ "I Don't Care Anymore" (Soundcraft) recorded in 1955 is expected to bring $4,000 and up. It is in VG condition.
Holly, Bob Montgomery and Larry Welborn recorded the songs at Nesman Studios in Wichita Falls, Texas, years before Holly's first historic recordings at Norman Petty's studio in Clovis, N.M. The acetate comes from the Maria Elena Holly Collection of Buddy Holly Memorabilia.
A KWKH Shure microphone used by Elvis Presley (among others) is also up for bid. The mic was used on Dec. 15, 1956, by Louisiana Hayride announcer Horace Logan when he first coined the phrase: “Elvis has left the building.” The pre-auction estimate is $10,000+.
Several pieces of jewelry owned and worn by Elvis also are featured. Items include a star sapphire and diamonds ring ($8,000+); a star ruby and diamond ring ($8,000+); and a Lord Elgin "Direct Read" watch ($8,000+). Two pairs of The King's glasses (regular glasses and prescription sunglasses) also will be offered and are expected to bring $6,000 and up apiece.
The auction has plenty of choice Beatles memorabilia. Lots include a John Lennon-signed “Bag One” leather case and original Erotic #2 lithograph #181/300 issued in 1970 ($7,000+) and a working, four-speed Beatles-themed record player (NEMS, 1964) with its original inside and outside photos ($3,500+).
A larger version of the 1965 New York City-area handbill announcing shows for The Beatles at Shea Stadium, as well as performances by Herman's Hermits, The Dave Clark 5, The Kinks and Moody Blues, and the New York Folk Festival starring Chuck Berry and Johnny Cash is expected to bring $5,000 or more. The Fine-condition piece measures 11" x 16.75" on tan board. Estimate: $5,000 - up.
For more information on the 478-lot auction, visit www.ha.com.