Auctions | March 22, 2013

Rare Beatles Guitar Rocks Julien’s Auctions in May

Beverly Hills, CA — March 22, 2013 — Julien’s Auctions, the world’s premier music and entertainment memorabilia auction house has announced Music Icons 2013, an exceptional auction event featuring a rare VOX guitar played by two legendary Beatles, John Lennon and George Harrison.   The one-day auction to take place at Hard Rock Cafe New York in Time Square  will also feature an extraordinary collection of music memorabilia including items from the Beatles, Elvis Presley, the King of Pop Michael Jackson, Bette Midler, David Cassidy, David Bowie, The Grateful Dead, Madonna, Jimi Hendrix and much more.

The rare offering of a VOX guitar played by both John Lennon and George Harrison is what rock n’ roll legends are made of. The striking custom guitar built by Mike Bennett and Dickey Denney was gifted to “Magic Alex” Mardas by John Lennon in 1967.  Harrison played the guitar while practicing “I am the Walrus” during The Magical Mystery Tour and by Lennon while recording a video session for “Hello, Goodbye.” The spectacular piece of Beatles history is estimated to bring $200,000-300,000 and offers collectors a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own one of the rarest pieces of Beatles memorabilia to ever be offered. The John Lennon/George Harrison played Beatles guitar will be on display at The Museum of Style Icons in Newbridge Silverware in County Kildare, Ireland from April 16th - May 8th.

Other Beatles memorabilia to be offered will include rare signed items, collectibles and novelty memorabilia including a Beatles first and a second state “Butcher” album ( Estimate: $4000-6000 and $10,000-20,000), slicks, printers proofs and designs for alternate Yesterday and Today album cover artwork and images from the photo session that produced the infamous “Butcher” album cover.                                      

A signed copy of The Beatles Please Please Me album (Estimate: $30,000-50,000) and a copy of Lennon’s In His Own Write (Estimate: $20,000-30,000) both signed by  all four Beatles are also among the highlights.

’It’s extraordinary when you have the opportunity to offer such an amazing piece of music history as the VOX guitar played by both George Harrison and John Lennon,” said Martin Nolan, Executive Director of Julien’s Auctions. “From Here Comes the Sun to Hello Goodbye, this guitar is truly one of the most historical pieces of music memorabilia Julien’s Auctions has ever had the pleasure of offering.”                                      

Also to be offered are items from “The King” himself, Elvis Presley. During Presley’s life he was often noted as a generous friend and entertainer. It was often that Presley would give items to fans as well as friends including jewelry.  Offered for sale is a star ring with the “E” initial given to Charlie Hodge by Elvis, who teased Hodge that he should be the “star” of the show (Estimate: $4000-6000) and a Tissot wristwatch given to the former Sheriff and Mayor of Memphis, Roy Nixon (Estimate: $6000-8000).  Bill Belew, under Presley’s direction created a patriotic Eagle emblazoned cape for Presley’s Aloha from Hawaii televised concert.  The floor-length cape was too heavy for stage use and dragged Elvis to the ground when he tried it on. This piece of music history is highlighted in the Music Icons auction and estimated at $120,000-$140.000. Other Elvis Presley memorabilia includes a Bill Belew sample belt signed by Elvis as approval on the back (Estimate: $40,000-$60,000), a Hammond organ which was housed in his Graceland bedroom (Estimate $14,000-$16,000) and a Hagstrom guitar from his Bel Air home (Estimate: $40,000-$60,000).              

Additional highlights include six trademark jumpsuits from heartthrob David Cassidy,  a collection of master rock n’ roll artist Rick Griffin’s artwork which has become synonymous with The Grateful Dead including a working sketch of Griffin’s logo for the documentary Grateful Dead: So Far (Estimate: $200-400), an oversized painting of Griffin’s design used to celebrate the Dead’s 25th anniversary (Estimate $5,000-7,000) and the cover art concept drawing for the book Conversations With the Dead (Estimate: $2,000-3,000), stage worn costumes from the Divine Miss M, Bette Midler, including a shocking pink hand painted costume from her Miss Millenium Tour (Estimate: $800-$1,200) and a 2011 Hulaween ensemble (Estimate: $1,000-$2,000) and a platinum record award for Midler’s incomparable “Wind Beneath My Wings” (Estimate:$500-$700).          

Items given to fans from The King of Pop, Michael Jackson including a signed pillow thrown from a Paris hotel window (Estimate: $2000-$4000), a stage worn hat gifted to a fan backstage (Estimate: $4000-$6000), and a signed “Beat It” style jacket given to good Samaritan after a trip to Neverland (Estimate $8000-$10,000) will also be offered. A Michael Jackson jacket worn for a meeting with Nelson Mandala in 1999 (Estimate: $4000-$6000) and a Michael Jackson jacket and vest purchased while the mega-star was in Oman in 2006 as well as a selection of signed, gifted and worn items along with photographs and other memorabilia round out the sale of iconic music memorabilia in a collection of over 450 items.

Music Icons 2013 will also include memorabilia and personal effects from David Bowie, Madonna, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan and many other legendary musicians offering collectors and fans from around the world one of the most significant opportunities to own a piece of music history ever offered.
Registering to Bid
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Placing Bids
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    3.    Bid over the telephone through an auction house representative, who sits in the room and conveys the bid to the auctioneer.
    4.    Enter Absentee bids. Absentee bid forms are included in the back of each catalogue, and are also available by calling Julien's Auctions or online at

All of the property in the auction will be featured in a full color limited edition catalog available for purchase at
Music Icons Free Public Exhibition:
Monday May 13th, 2013 - Saturday, May 18th, 2013
Hard Rock Cafe New York in Time Square
1501 Broadway, New York NY 10036
(212) 343-3355
John Lennon/George Harrison VOX Guitar Display
Tuesday, April 16th - Wednesday, May 8th
The Museum of Style Icons in Newbridge Silverware - Kildare, Ireland
Music Icons Auction
Saturday, May 18th, 2013
Session I - 10 am EST
Session II - 2pm EST
Hard Rock Cafe New York in Time Square
With expertise specializing in entertainment and sports memorabilia, Julien’s Auctions has quickly established itself as the premier auction house in high profile celebrity and entertainment auctions. Julien’s Auctions presents exciting, professionally managed and extremely successful auctions with full color high quality auction catalogues unlike any other auction company. Previous auctions include the collections of Cher, U2, Barbara Streisand, the estate of Marilyn Monroe and many more. Official website is
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