Dick Clark’s music memorabilia collection



2015-06-26 10:54:22

Dick Clark’s music memorabilia collection is a large, private collection of music memorabilia related to a variety of rock ‘n’ roll and pop stars from the last 70 years. Dick Clark

Richard "Dick" Wagstaff Clark (1929-present) is an American TV host and businessman.

Clark hosted the popular music show American Bandstand from 1956 until 1989.

According to the Biography.com website, its mix of “lip-synched performances, interviews, and its famous ‘Rate-a-Record’ segment captivated teenagers.”

As a result, Clark became one of pop music's most important tastemakers.

Clark also invested in the music publishing and recording business in the 1950s.

He suffered a stroke in 2004.

The collection

Clark’s collection of rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia has been described as “immense”. It was kept in a 28,000-square-foot warehouse.

The collection contained many notable items including one of Paul McCartney’s four left-handed Hofner bass guitars, a beaded glove worn by Michael Jackson in his ‘Moonwalker’ period, and a harmonica played by Bob Dylan in the Martin Scorsese movie, The Last Waltz.

A highlight was a guitar donated by Bruce Springsteen, autographed with the words, "from one of the 'World's Oldest Teenagers' to another". It was used by Springsteen during ‘The River’ tour.

Other items included Elton John's shoes, Bo Didley's handmade guitar, a white, tassled poncho worn by Janis Joplin and autographed shoes owned by Fred Astaire.

Clark had a large number of Beatles-related memorabilia such as John Lennon's Nehru suit, a signed promotional copy of Lennon and Yoko Ono’s Double Fantasy LP, unused Wing Dings Beatles Sneakers in their original box dating from 1964 and a first-state copy of the ‘Yesterday and Today’ album featuring the ‘butcher’ cover.

The collection included an iconic Madonna bustier, complete with cups capped by gold sequins and black tassels and worn on her first tour, and a number of Elvis Presley-related memorabilia, including a ‘comet’ cape and hair clippings.

Clark's famous slim, white microphone, which was used to present American Bandstand, was a centrepiece of the collection.


On December 5th and 6th 2006, Clark sold a large number of items from his collection through Guernsey’s in New York.

The majority of the profits went to TJ Martell Foundation, which raises money for cancer and AIDS research.

Included in the sale was the Clark’s white microphone which sold for $33,000. Clark commented, "It's tough to part with that one."

He also sold the telephone used to interview Elvis Presley, when the singer was in the army. It realised more than $4,000.

Other notable items sold at the auction were sexually explicit lithographs given by John Lennon to Yoko Ono when they got married. They sold on Wednesday for $54,000.

Clark said of the auction, "I finally decided that it was time to pass it to a generation of people who would enjoy it before this stuff gets too old”.

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