Auction of the Week: Julien's Music Icons Sale, May 9, 2018
Our auction of the week is the Julien's Music Icons Sale, which takes place in New York on May 9. We've picked ten of our favorite lots from the treasure trove of musical history on offer - from iconic instruments and timeless lyrics, to criminal records and barbeque recipes...
Buddy Holly Signed Driver's License
Estimate: $2,000 - $4,000
This driver's license was issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety to Buddy Holly, then a music-obsessed high school student in Lubbock, Texas.
The license would have been invaluable for Holly, as he often spent his evenings in his car, tuning the radio to distant stations to hear the latest blues and R&B songs.
The license features the expiration date of August 18, 1954, and includes Holly's personal information and his signature.
Tupac Shakur's Handwritten Barbeque Recipe
Estimate: $1,500 - $3,000
This recipe for barbeque chicken wings was handwritten by rapper Tupac Shakur, while incarcerated at Clinton Correctional Facility in New York in 1995.
Shakur wrote this recipe to his prison pen pal and girlfriend Simi Chouhan, and suggests coating every wing with butter, before cooking them in a mixture of barbeque sauce, honey and lemon.
An unusual piece of handwritten memorabilia from the iconic late rapper, and the perfect way to kick-start any summer hip-hop barbeque.
Elvis Presley's Handwritten Employment Application
Estimate: $6,000 - $8,000
Before Elvis Presley was the King of Rock and Roll, he was just a high school student with a head full of music and an empty wallet.
Throughout the early 1950s he mowed lawns, worked as a theatre usher and operated machinery at the Precision Tool plant, which manufactured rocket shells for the military.
On June 12, 1952 he filled out this Index Employment Company application form for a job at a local gas station, which includes personal details such as his social security number, home address and previous roles.
He was in need of a new job, having been fired from his role as an usher at Loew's State Theater after just five weeks, when he got into a fight with another usher over the attentions of a girl.
He later worked as an upholsterer and a truck driver before securing himself a recording contract with Sun Records in 1954 – and by 1956 he was a millionaire.
Frank Sinatra's Arrest Fingerprint Records
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Back in 1938, whilst waiting for his big break, Frank Sinatra was employed as a singing waiter at The Rustic Cabin roadhouse in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.
Sinatra had already built up a reputation for being a ladies' man as part of the vocal group the Hoboken Four, and his good looks made him popular with the female regulars.
As it turns out, he was a little too popular, and he was arrested and charged with "seduction". He was accused of "engaging in sexual intercourse under promise of marriage with an unmarried woman of good repute", although the charges were later dismissed when it was discovered the woman was already married.
This set of fingerprints was taken during his initial arrest on November 26, 1938 in Bergen County, New Jersey, and includes Sinatra's signature in pencil.
Elvis Presley's Stage Worn Belt
Estimate: $20,000 - $40,000
This custom-made belt was worn on-stage by Elvis Presley during shows in his 1972 U.S tour, including a performance in Hawaii.
Adorned with faux turquoise, lapis lazuli and coral, the ornate belt can be seen in photographs of Elvis performing in his famous, heavily jeweled 'Thunderbird' jumpsuit.
In 1973 Elvis gave the belt as a gift to the actor Jack Lord and his wife Marie, with whom he had formed a close friendship since meeting them backstage after his famous Aloha From Hawaii T.V special.
Lord was the star of Hawaii 5-0, and the belt remained in the collection of his family following his passing in 1998.
Elton John Madison Square Garden Worn Jumpsuit
Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000
This custom-made ivory jumpsuit was worn by Elton John at Madison Square Garden in New York, following one of his most famous shows.
The concert on November 28, 1974 featured the last-ever live performance by John Lennon, who joined John on stage to play their hit Whatever Gets You thru the Night along with the Beatles classics Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds and I Saw Her Standing There.
John had made a bet with Lennon that if 'Whatever...' reached #1 in the U.S, Lennon would make a surprise appearance on stage with him. He agreed, and introduced the last track as "a song by an old estranged fiancée of mine called Paul".
Following the show, John was photographed wearing the jumpsuit whilst chatting with both Lennon and his special guest Elizabeth Taylor.
Bob Dylan's Handwritten Lyrics
Estimate: $50,000 - $70,000
This handwritten Bob Dylan manuscript features the lyrics to his timeless classic Blowin' In The Wind, written on St. Regis New York hotel stationery and dated "2011".
It's believed that just five sets of handwritten Blowin' In The Wind lyrics are known to exist, with four dating from around 1962 when Dylan originally wrote the song.
In 2017, one of those sets sold as part of Sotheby's 'A Rock & Roll Anthology: From Folk to Fury' sale in New York, where it fetched $325,000.
This contemporary manuscript is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Jeff Rosen, president of the Bob Dylan Music Company, who has represented Dylan for more than 35 years.
Beatles Handwritten and Signed Set List, circa 1963
Estimate: $80,000 - $100,000
This remarkably rare Beatles set list was handwritten by Paul McCartney, circa 1963, as the band toured almost continually across the U.K.
Throughout the year they performed on bills supporting Helen Shapiro and Roy Orbison, before eventually headlining their own shows as Beatlemania swept the nation after the release of their first two albums.
The set list features the songs 'Standing There', 'From Me To You', 'All My Loving', 'Hold On Me', 'Don't Bother Me', and 'Wanna Be Your Man', and even includes notes on which band member would introduce each song.
The sheet of paper is signed by both John Lennon and Ringo Star on the reverse, and is one of the very few – and perhaps the first - original Beatles set lists ever offered at auction.
Kurt Cobain's Stage Played and Smashed Guitar
Estimate: $40,000 - $60,000
This Aria Pro II Cardinal Series electric guitar was played – and then smashed to pieces – by Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain.
Cobain acquired the guitar in early 1990, and played it regularly on stage throughout their summer tour following the release of their debut album Bleach.
He first played it at The Masquerade in Atlanta on May 6, 1990, and it survived intact all the way to September 22, when Nirvana played their biggest show to date in front of 1,500 fans at the Motorsports International Garage Show in Seattle.
During the final song of the show he picked up the Aria, span it round in the air, then smashed it down onto the stage several times.
This fragment was later rescued by security guard Richard Newland, and is now expected to sell for $40,000 - $60,000.
George Harrison First Electric Guitar, the Hofner Club 40
Estimate: $200,000 - $300,000
When George Harrison first joined the Beatles, he was a teenage teddy boy and they were a skiffle group called The Quarrymen.
As they grew into a tight rock and roll band playing covers of the latest American R&B, they needed louder instruments, and both Harrison and Lennon soon upgraded to their first electric guitars.
Harrison acquired a Hoffner Club 40 from fellow guitarist Ray Ennis of The Swinging Blue Jeans, during a swap at The Cavern Club, and later described it as "the most fantastic guitar ever".
He kept hold of it for years during The Beatles' rise to world domination, and in 1965 donated it as the star prize in a competition for the Best Beat Band of Germany.
It was won by the group Faces, and their lead singer Frank Dostal kept the historic instrument in his collection for the rest of his life.
Authenticated by leading Beatles experts, the important piece of music history will now be auctioned for the very first time, and is expected to sell for $200,000 - $300,000.
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