LAS VEGAS ? If you?re bonkers for the Beatles, you?ll want to make sure you hit ItsOnlyRockNRoll.com?s July 3 memorabilia auction.
A wide range of lots, including autographs, handwritten material, lithographs, photographs, toys, promotional items, clothing and posters, will be featured, said Marc Zakarin, president of ItsOnlyRockNRoll.com. Individual lots range in price from $300 to $500,000, and the lots as a whole carry an estimated value of $400 million, Zakarin said.
Beatles artifacts and memorabilia have been skyrocketing in value for
decades, and as the baby boomer generation continues to age, the market
continues to reach heights previously considered unattainable,
according to the company?s 144-page auction catalog.
The auction starts at 1 p.m. July 3 at the Mirage hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. Attendees can preview the items during three periods: noon to 10 p.m. July 1 and 2, and 10 a.m. to noon July 3. There is no admission charge to the auction, Zakarin said.
If you can?t make it to Vegas to bid in person, you can always bid online via eBay Live Auctions. Or, you can make arrangements to bid by phone live during the auction by contacting the company by 11 p.m. EST July 2. Absentee bid forms can be faxed to 631-385-1307 and received by 11 p.m. EST July 2, according to the catalog.
From John Lennon?s glasses and Paul McCartney?s Grammy to George?s Harrison?s guitar and Ringo Starr?s signed prints, there?s something for just about every Fab Four fan.
Items range from fun ? a Yellow Submarine bicycle seat, Beatles lunch boxes and a John Lennon Halloween costume ? to fine art ? The Beatles Grammy painting by Davo and a variety of paintings and sketches by original Beatle Stuart Sutcliffe, which is part of his estate.
?We have Sam Leach?s (promoter) photograph collection,? Zakarin said. ?He will be a guest at the show, as will Pauline Sutcliffe, Stuart?s sister. We have Denny Laine?s Grammy award; he will be playing at the show as well.?
Other auction highlights include:
? A never-before-seen Beatles Busch Stadium St. Louis concert poster from 1966
? A signed St. Pepper?s Lonely Hearts Club Band album
? An All-Starr band signed guitar from 1992
? Artwork by John Lennon
? A John Lennon owned and worn Sgt. Pepper-style tunic he used in a Life Magazine 1966 photo shoot
? The John Lennon Record Plant piano
? A Beatles phonograph with the original box
? A champagne bottle from the Penny Lane promotional film that was signed by three Beatles
? Beatles prototype Bobb?n Head car mascots with a box
Based in Huntington, N.Y., ItsOnlyRockNRoll.com has been selling and auctioning authentic, properly graded and researched memorabilia since 1972.
For more information, call 631-385-1306 or visit the company?s Web site at www.itsonlyrocknroll.com.