Jerry Garcia and the Muppets star in Bonhams memorabilia auction


2015-06-26 11:06:24

Jerry Garcia and the Muppets star in Bonhams memorabilia auction

Jerry Garcia and the Muppets star in Bonhams memorabilia auction

26 Jun 2012, 10:59 GMT+01

Bonhams’ Los Angeles sale of Entertainment Memorabilia on June 24 was headlined by a custom guitar owned by Grateful Dead front-man Gerry Garcia.

Built in 1972 by the custom guitar company Alembic, the walnut double cutaway body guitar was named ‘Lucky Number 13’ by Garcia and was believed to have been used during the recording of his first solo album ‘Garcia’. It was later gifted by Garcia to his friend Matthew Kelly during a recording session for Kelly’s own album ‘A Wing and a Prayer’.

The guitar was sold for a price of $62,500, with the proceeds from the sale donated to the Amicus Foundation in Bhutan and Thailand.

In addition to Gerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead, other notable musicians represented at the sale included George Harrison and Kurt Cobain. A two-page handwritten letter by Harrison in 1964 sold for $10,000, whilst a fragment of a guitar destroyed by Cobain in 1991 during rehearsals for Nirvana’s iconic ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ video sold for $8,125.

Elsewhere, the sale featured a wide range of Hollywood film memorabilia. Numerous items from the Estate of Rock Hudson were sold alongside original animation art and storyboards from several classic Disney films such as ‘Pinocchio’, ‘One Hundred and One Dalmatians’ and ‘Sleeping Beauty’.

The highlight of the animation lots was a collection of nine pre-production sheets created by Jim Henson in 1974 whilst pitching The Muppet Show to ATV Studios. The sheets included early sketch and song ideas, Polaroid photos of puppets including Miss Piggy and featuring both Henson and Muppet performer Richard Hunt, and preliminary drawing of other characters.

Pilot episodes for the program were show in 1974 and 1975, before the show was eventually broadcast to huge success in 1976. These drawing were undoubtedly helpful in bringing the now-iconic show to the screen, and the collection sold for a price of $35,000.

In total the sale achieved a result of more than $571,000., Bonhams Director of Entertainment Memorabilia Dr. Catherine Williamson commented: “The market for Hollywood collectibles and rock n’ roll continues to grow. We saw strong participation online and in the saleroom for iconic pieces from music and film history.”


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