Auction of the Week: Heritage Entertainment Memorabilia Signature Auction - April 15, 2018



2018-03-20 16:37:00

Our featured sale this week is the forthcoming Heritage Auctions Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Signature Auction in Dallas. From blues legends and Beyonce to one of John Lennon's last autographs, here are 10 of our favourite lots heading for the block on April 15.

Rolling Stones "Party Pack" toy instrument set

This incredibly rare vintage musical toy set, known as the Rolling Stones Party Pack, was produced in the UK by Selcol in the 1960s.

It features a miniature plastic bass guitar, a harmonica and a kazoo, and is one of the few examples to remain on its original backing card.

Even rarer is the design of the card, which features an image of Bill Wyman smiling. 

David Bowie "Laughing Gnome" British Silver Record sales award

When a young, pre-fame David Bowie released the single The Laughing Gnome in 1967, it was dismissed as a bizarre novelty children's song, complete with terrible puns and an annoying sped-up voice effect. Unsurprisingly, it failed to make the charts.

But in 1973, following Bowie's critical and commercial breakthrough with his classic album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, it was rereleased to capitalise on his success.

The reappearance of the song embarrassed everybody, particularly Bowie himself, although the record company weren't complaining, as it sold 250,000 copies in the UK and reached #6 in the charts.

This British Silver Record Sales Award for the song was presented to David Bowie in person, making it a rare piece of memorabilia from the period. What Bowie said when it was handed over to him remains unknown, but he probably wasn't laughing.

Mick Jagger snakeskin print pants

They don't call him 'Snake Hips' for nothing.

This pair of silk snakeskin print pants once belonged to Mick Jagger, who wore them during the 1970s whilst the Rolling Stones conquered the world in a whirlwind of sex, drugs, rock 'n' roll and enormous ticket sales.

So if you fancy yourself as having moves like Jagger – and you can squeeze yourself into them – then these are the pants for you.

Beatles hand painted Mold Assembly Hall concert poster

This unique hand painted poster dates from the Beatles' 1963 winter tour, and a show on January 24 in the small town of Mold in north Wales.

Following an appearance at Brian Epstein's record store NEMS in Liverpool, the Fab Four travelled to Mold to perform at the Assembly Hall.

The band had been booked back in October 1962 by the local council - before they had broken into the UK charts with their debut single, Love Me Do - and were reluctant to play, as they were now charging far more than the previously agreed fee of £50.

But Brian Epstein urged them to fulfil the contract, and they played to 200 screaming fans, ably supported by local band Dave Roman and The Chariots.

Following the show George Harrison went to visit his aunt in nearby Broughton, whilst John, Paul and Ringo went to the local pub with some girls from the audience, where the landlady made them sandwiches and Paul played the piano.

For years this poster hung inside a building in Mold as a reminder of the famous gig, and now comes to auction as a unique memento from the Beatles' rise to stardom.

Jimi Hendrix Experience Fillmore East concert poster

This remarkable psychedelic poster featuring the Jimi Hendrix Experience was designed by American artist David Byrd, and is regarded as one of the greatest rock posters ever produced.

Byrd created the poster under the umbrella of Fantasy Unlimited, a multimedia artists collective in New York he co-founded in 1967.

The poster was designed to promote two shows in May 1968 at the Fillmore East, a famous New York venue owned by the legendary music promoter Bill Graham.

This highly rare poster is an original first printing, and remains in almost mint condition 50 years after it was produced.

A Beyoncé dress worn on "Saturday Night Live"

This dress was worn by Queen Bey herself, Beyonce Knowles, during an appearance on the iconic US TV show Saturday Night Live.

Beyonce was the show's musical guest on November 15, 2008, when she performed her hit singles 'Single Ladies' and 'If I Were A Boy'.

The dress is the creation of New York designer Brooke Martisse, who loaned it to Beyonce on the proviso it was returned the following day. The screen-worn dress comes complete with a letter of provenance from Martisse, along with a DVD of the famous episode.

Pete Townshend stage-used and smashed 1964 Sonic Blue Fender stratocaster guitar

Although it now seems a little clichéd, back in the 1960s smashing guitars to pieces during a show was as rock and roll as you could be.

The king of on-stage destruction was undoubtedly the Who's Pete Townshend, whose exploits were so renowned that Jimi Hendrix was forced to up the ante by setting his instruments on fire.

This particular guitar (or what's left of it) is a 1964 Fender Sonic Blue, which Townshend demolished during a show at the Long Island Arena in Commack, New York, on December 1, 1967.

This superb musical relic comes complete with a letter of provenance from its original owner, who tells the story of how he acquired it more than 50 years ago.

His tale of teenage musical obsession, and near-decapitation by Townshend's guitar strings, is completed with the original ticket stubs from the show.

A Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio signed menu from their honeymoon in 1954

Following a two-year courtship, Hollywood star Marilyn Monroe and retired baseball legend Joe DiMaggio married in San Francisco on January 14, 1954.

The couple then set off to Japan for their honeymoon, a holiday designed to coincide with DiMaggio's own baseball coaching trip. Whilst there, Monroe was asked to travel to Korea to entertain US troops whilst DiMaggio remained in Tokyo, and the cracks in their relationship began to appear almost immediately. 

It didn't help that DiMaggio had also invited someone else along on their romantic getaway: his best friend Frank 'Lefty' O'Doul.

This menu bears the signatures of all three, following a likely awkward meal at the famous Trader Vic's restaurant in Honolulu, during a quick stop-off from the US to Tokyo.

Stevie Ray Vaughan owned and stage-played "Jimbo" electric guitar

Here's the first professional guitar owned by the iconic blues-rock guitar maestro Stevie Ray Vaughan, which he played during the formative early years of his career.

Stevie received the guitar at the age of 12 as a gift from his older brother, Jimmie Vaughan, founder of the band the Fabulous Thunderbirds. According to legend, Jimmie was so sick of his little brother borrowing his instruments that he decided to give him a guitar of his own, in the hope he would leave the others alone.

Jimmie gave him this 1951 Fender No-caster with his name "Jimbo" carved in the back, and from 1966 until 1971 Steve rarely put the guitar down, even eating and sleeping with it, as he dedicated himself to playing the blues.

Although still a high school student, Vaughan was already performing in late night venues across Dallas, paying his dues and rising up the ranks of local musicians.
He played Jimbo with several different bands throughout this period, and during his first-ever recording session in 1970, with the teenage rock band Cast of Thousands.

Then in 1971 he swapped the guitar for a red Epiphone, the weapon of choice for his musical heroes, and he never saw it again.

Vaughan later regretted swapping the guitar, and in a 1988 interview stated he was willing to buy it back if anyone knew where it was. Sadly he was never reunited with Jimbo, as just two years later he was tragically killed in a helicopter crash at the age of just 35.

Vaughan's guitar passed through the hands of several musicians, and spent years in a Dallas recording studio, before finding its way to the current owner.

It now remains as an important piece of American music history, from a Hall of Fame legend who truly helped keep the blues alive.

John Lennon and Yoko Ono Double Fantasy LP signed on December 8, 1980

This incredible and poignant piece of music history bears one of the last autographs signed by John Lennon.

Following a five year break from recording to look after his son Sean, Lennon released his album Double Fantasy on November 17, 1980. The record was a collaboration with his wife Yoko Ono, and the couple conducted numerous interviews together to publicise its release.

One such interview took place on December 8, 1980, at their apartment in New York, with Dave Sholin of the RKO Radio Network and Bert Keane, national promotion director for Warner/ Geffen Records.

During the 2 ½ hour interview, Lennon and Ono signed this album for Sholin, as a gift to his friend Gary Waldron of KCPX radio in Salt Lake City.

After the interview, whilst leaving the Dakota Building, Lennon was approached by a group of fans waiting outside. Keane suggested to Lennon that he sign a few autographs whilst they waited for their limo – including another copy of Double Fantasy, which was handed to him by a man named Mark Chapman.

When Lennon returned to the apartment hours later, Chapman was still there waiting for him, with his signed album, a copy of Catcher in the Rye, and a .38 special revolver. The rest is tragic history.

Gary Waldron had initially intended to give away the signed album on his radio show, but he couldn't bear to part with it following Lennon's murder - until now. Finally, after almost 40 years, music fans will now have the chance to bid on this remarkable item.

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