The Top 10 celebrity collectibles



2015-06-26 11:38:35

The Top 10 celebrity collectibles

A list of the priciest memorabilia, according to a leading US magazine for high net worth individuals

A lifestyle and investments magazine for high-net worth individuals has made its own list of the Top 10 Celebrity Relic Sales at Auction.

The list is diverse, featuring a baby grand piano, a drum skin and a pair of slippers. And, perhaps unsurprisingly, a certain 1960s rock band feature quite heavily...

#10, Jimi Hendrix's studio guitar

A 1966 red Fender Mustang used by the left-handed guitar legend to record his studio albums sold for $480,000 at the Icons of Music sale held by Julien's auctions, in 2007.

#9, John Lennon's talisman necklace

The necklace was worn by Lennon on the cover of his 1968 album with Yoko One, Two Virgins. It was sold to a private collector in 2008 for $528,000.

#8, Gibson SG guitar played by George Harrison and John Lennon

The classic Gibson guitar was played by Harrison on the Beatles' Revolver album, and by Lennon on the White Album. It sold to an anonymous bidder at Christie's for $567,500.

#7, Marilyn Monroe's white baby grand piano

This was sold for $662,500 to none other than pop singer Maria Carey in 2006.

"I could have gotten the 'Happy Birthday, Mr President' dress... but that would have represented Marilyn Monroe's stardom. The piano belonged to her mother and was a piece of her childhood," said Carey.

#6, Judy Garland's ruby slippers

Dorothy's slippers from the Wizard of Oz, one of the most famous films ever made, sold at Christie's to a private collector in 2000 for $666,000.

#5, Audrey Hepburn's black Givenchy cocktail dress

Her iconic Breakfast at Tiffany's dress was sold in 2006 by Christie's to benefit the Indian aid charity City of Joy Aid. It was purportedly bought by the House of Givenchy for $928,167.

#4, A hand painted Beatles Sgt. Pepper's drum skin

The drum is the centrepiece on the front cover of the band's Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album. It sold in 2008 for a staggering $1.1m.

#3, Marilyn Monroe's dress

As worn during her iconic, sultry "Happy Birthday" performance for President John F. Kennedy. Christie's sold it to a New York memorabilia specialist in 1999 for $1.27m.

#2, John Lennon's Steinway piano

Pop singer George Michael placed the winning bid for the piano on which Lennon wrote his song Imagine, in 2000, for $2.1m.

#1, John Lennon's hand painted Rolls Royce Phantom V

The car was sold by Sotheby's to Canadian businessman Jim Pattison in 1985 for $2.23m.

Lennon had his matt black overall Rolls Royce repainted with 'psychedelic' scrolls and flowers by J.P. Fallon Limited, a coachworks company located in Chertsey, Surrey.

He also had the rear seat modified to convert to a double bed, and installed a custom interior/exterior sound system with a 'loud hailer' along with a Sony television and portable refrigerator.

The list was compiled by Worth Magazine, which is distributed to a "select group" of high net worth individuals in the US.

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