December 13th Music & Entertainment Auction
original copy of 1964's Meet the Beatles, signed by all the
members of the Fab Four, is expected to bring $75,000+ when it
comes to auction on Dec. 13 as the centerpiece of Heritage
Music & Entertainment Signature Auction.
"An original pressing of this classic album is cool enough
in-and-of itself, given that it introduced so many millions to the
timeless music of The Beatles," said Garry Shrum, Consignment
Director of Music & Entertainment Auctions at Heritage. "Add the
autographs of all four members of the band and you have one of the
great Beatles collectibles of all time."
The album was given to Dr. Jules Gordon, the "house doctor" of
New York's Plaza Hotel in February 1964 by none other than George
Harrison himself. The quiet Beatle had been treated by Dr. Gordon
and, in appreciation, George gave the good doctor this signed
album. The doctor immediately gave his son, Jeffrey, this treasure,
where it's remained until now.
In terms of
the Hollywood hierarchy of greatness, there is no one that looms
larger than Marilyn Monroe, and this auction boasts
an incredible group of 1951-1955 legal documents signed six times
by Monroe, expected to bring $30,000+.
"This is an incredible grouping of Monroe signatures, mostly
relating to her employment at 20th Century Fox, the
actress' professional home for her entire career," said Margaret
Barrett, Director of Music & Entertainment at Heritage. "Also
included is other legal paperwork relating to Monroe's radio
appearances and two films she refused to appear in at all — Pink
Tights and How to Be Very, Very Popular — resulting in
her suspension from the studio and her move to New York City where
she started her own production company."
Fast on the heels of
Heritage Auctions' wildly successful auction of The Personal
Property of John Wayne, a smart consignor brought forth a
great relic in terms of Wayne memorabilia in the form of
a Wayne screen-worn jacket from United Artists' 1960 "The
Alamo," a film in which he played Colonel Davy Crockett, and
which was a great labor of love for the beloved leading man. It is
expected to bring $20,000+.
Elvis and Priscilla Presley Twice-Signed Property Settlement
Documents from 1972, part of the sad end of what initially
began as a fairy tale romance in the 1960s and ended in divorce in
1973 — after almost six-and-a-half years of marriage, the last 18
months of which were spent in separation — is expected to bring
Since her passing earlier in 2011, Elizabeth Taylor memorabilia
has been at a premium, and
a wig that Taylor wore in the title role of "Cleopatra" in
1963, made of authentic dark brown human hair by famed
international wigmaker to the stars, Stanley Hall, is expected to
further stir interest in the star. It carries a pre-auction
estimate of $11,000+.
Grateful Dead "Jerry Angel" Stanley Mouse original painting,
done by the famous psychedelic artist in 1995 after he awoke from a
dream the night after Jerry Garcia passed away, is estimated at
$12,000+. Mouse produced several versions of this image, including
this loving oil on canvas, estimated at $12,000+.
For lovers of classic television sit-coms, an intriguing and
whimsical piece related to "The Munsters" is sure to stir
1964 Schwinn Sting-Ray Chain-Link bicycle customized for Butch
"Eddie Munster" Patrick by George Barris (famous "King of the
Kustomizers" who created many well-known cars for campy TV series
and movies), Skip Barrett and Von Dutch (infamous pinstriper,
mechanic, and metal fabricator) is expected to bring $10,000+.
"Though it was never used on an episode of 'The Munsters,'
Patrick did ride it in the Hollywood Santa Parade — now called the
Hollywood Christmas Parade," said Barrett, "and the lot includes
relevant paperwork and an image of Patrick, as an child in his full
'Munster' costume, sitting on this bike."
This bicycle was originally sold in the Rick Cole Auctions
auction titled Pacific Auto Rental and Movieworld, Sale 4400,
August 18, 1985, Lot P-E. Before this auction, the bike was on
display throughout the 1970s at the now-defunct but beloved
'Movieworld: Cars of the Stars' museum in Buena Park, CA, where
lowbrow artists like Ed 'Big Daddy' Roth and Von Dutch hung out and
hand-painted funky signs for the museum's car displays.
More standouts in the auction include
Stevie Ray Vaughan Handwritten Original Lyrics to an
unpublished and unrecorded song (estimate: $8,000+), a
Michael Jackson inscribed copy of My Autobiography by Charles
Chaplin from 1980 (estimate: $8,000+) and
a three-page Harry Houdini Handwritten Letter from 1923
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ABC to air The Great Big American Auction with Ty
Pennington & Heritage, Thursday, Dec. 8
ABC has announced that it
will air The Great Big American Auction, in a very
special television first made-for-TV auction event, at 10 p.m. (ET)
on Thursday, Dec. 8. The show will star Ty Pennington of Extreme
Makeover: Home Edition, one of America's leading reality TV
personalities, and feature exclusively Heritage Auctions' experts,
auction services and staff.
The special was produced by Cineflix (Auction) Inc. for ABC.
Executive Producers are Lisa Levenson, Ty Pennington, Joe Houlihan
and Simon Lloyd.
Ty Pennington has been transforming people's homes and lives for
several years now as the host of ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home
Edition and has now found an exciting new way to change lives
by turning their memorabilia and assorted hidden finds into
treasures worth life-changing amounts of money.
After scouring flea markets, cellars, attics and yard sales to
find one-of-a-kind items whose owners have no idea of their real
value, Pennington, with a team of experts from Heritage Auctions,
tags the best items and brings them to The Queen Mary
oceanliner in Long Beach, CA for The Great Big American
Auction. The exceptional collectibles range from first edition
classic comic books to rare American currency to an early
20th century baseball icon's checkbook, and much more
in-between, all chosen for their rarity, value and the uniqueness
of the consignor's story.
"It's a great thrill to be part of this major network, prime
time show, to work with Cineflex and ABC and a star the magnitude
and class of Ty Pennington," said Greg Rohan, President of Heritage
Auctions. "We went to great lengths with our staff and experts to
make sure that all these unique items have great stories and that
they live up to Heritage's exacting consignment standards. We hope
that everyone will enjoy the show as much as we enjoyed being a
part of it."
Objects originally bought for mere dollars, or literally plucked
right out the trash will go for thousands of dollars as their lucky
owners' lives are changed for the better.
The Great Big American Auction will air on Thursday, Dec. 8
AT 10 P.M. (ET) on The ABC Television Network.
Heritage Auctions is always seeking "consignments with a story"
for possible future TV projects. If you think you might have a
unique item and a unique story, please let us
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December Vintage Guitar & Musical Instruments
Vintage Guitar & Musical Instruments auction has items for all
musical tastes! The guitar selection is broad for both electrics
and acoustics, with numerous Gibson and Fender electric guitars and
basses along with a great assortment of Martin and Gibson
There are several Pre-CBS Fender guitars including a spectacular
1959 Jazzmaster and several late 1950s Les Paul Jr's & Specials
in colors from Cherry to TV yellow. We have an awesome array of 60s
Gretsch, Ludwig & Slingerland drum kits, including a
1930s Radio King white marine pearl drum kit — a rare
highlight! And you'll want to plug your guitar into any of the
Fender or Gibson tube amps in our offering, including tweeds,
blonds & black faces.
There are over forty
ukuleles. If a professional saxophone is on your list, this may
be our best selection ever of
Selmer Mark VI tenor and alto horns. This is definitely an
auction inventory worth getting excited about!
1962 Gibson Les Paul Cherry Solid Body Electric Guitar, Serial #
1940 Martin D-28 Natural Acoustic Guitar, Serial # 76041
1958 Gibson Les Paul Special TV Yellow Solid Body Electric Guitar,
Serial # 8 4775
1968 Fender Telecaster Thinline Natural Semi-Hollow Body Electric
1958 Selmer Mark VI Brass Tenor Saxophone, Serial # 75353
Late 1990s DW USA 19-Piece Black Drum Set
1957 Selmer Mark VI Brass Alto Saxophone, Serial # 70848
1951 Gibson SJ-200 Sunburst Acoustic Guitar, Serial #
1958 Gibson Les Paul Junior Sunburst Solid Body Electric Guitar,
Serial # 84046
1958 Fender Super Guitar Amplifier, Serial #502155
1920 Gibson Style O Artist Sunburst Acoustic Guitar, Serial #
1923 Gibson A-2 Brown Stain Mandolin, Serial # 73318
1927 Gibson TB-4 Natural Tenor Banjo, Serial # 8836-8
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Heritage Auctions Buyer's Premiums For Art,
Entertainment, Jewelry, Natural History And Books To Change,
Effective Jan. 1, 2012
Heritage Auctions has announced that, effective Jan. 1, 2012,
the structure of its Buyer's Premium (BP) will be changing in
several of its categories. While 13 of the company's 33 categories
will remain at 19.5% or 15%, the rest of the Heritage categories
will implement the change.
"We make very careful and considered decisions at Heritage, and
this was not one that we came to lightly," said Greg Rohan,
President of Heritage Auctions. "Heritage is a major player on the
world auction stage, and our BP rates will now be competitive with
the rest of the world's key auctioneers."
In the categories of American Indian Art, American Art, European
Art, Furniture & Decorative Arts, Illustration Art, Jewelry,
Lalique & Art Glass, Luxury Accessories, Modern & Contemporary Art,
Music & Entertainment, Natural History, Photography, Pre-Columbian,
Rare Books, Silver & Vertu, Texas Art, Timepieces, Vintage Guitars
and Western Art, buyers will pay a BP of 25% of the hammer price on
the first $50,000 of each lot purchased, 20% on the portion between
$50,000 to $1,000,000 and 12% on any amount more than
The minimum BP of $14 per lot will also continue to apply.
There will be no change in Buyer's Premium for US Coins, World
Coins, Currency, Wine and Arms & Armor, which remain at 15% or for
Americana & Political, Civil War & Militaria, Comics & Comic Art,
Historic Manuscripts, Movie Posters, Space Exploration, Vintage
Sports Collectibles and Texana auctions, which remain at 19.5%. In
Gallery Auctions, meaning those auctions with sealed bids, mostly
bulk numismatic material at Heritage, the BP will also remain at
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Weekly Guitar & Musical Instrument Internet
Auctions Still Jammin'
Weekly Internet Auctions
start and end every Thursday evening
at 10 pm CT. These auctions feature roughly 150-250 instruments
each week with tons of great deals to be had.
Highlights from this week's auction includes:
1970's Fender Vibrolux Reverb Silverface Guitar Amplifier, Serial
1966 Fender Mustang White Solid Body Electric Guitar, Serial
1998 Fender '52 USA Re-issue Butterscotch Solid Body Electric
Guitar, Serial #32686
1973 Martin D-28 Natural Acoustic Guitar, Serial #331601
Circa Late 1940's Gibson L-50 Sunburst Archtop Acoustic Guitar,
Serial #998 12
Circa 1965 Gibson Melody Maker Cherry Solid Body Electric Guitar,
Circa 1969 Fox Bassoon, Serial #2349
Circa 1953 Bach Stradivarius Model 37 Trumpet, Serial
Circa 1936 Selmer Balanced Action Brass Alto Saxophone, Serial
Circa 1940's Selmer "Special" 23 Brass Trombone, Serial
1973 Fender Precision Bass Natural Electric Bass Guitar, Serial
1960's Vox Constellation IV Wine Red Electric Bass Guitar, Serial
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Explores our Heritage
Sotheby's, beware! Offering everything from
rare books to Lou Gehrig's jersey, Heritage Auctions under CEO
Steve Ivy grows to become the third-largest auction house in the
For years the nation's top currency and coin house, Dallas-based
Heritage Auctions has used its founders' entrepreneurial prowess to
diversify and flourish in recent yearspartly at the expense of
industry giants Sotheby's and Christie's.
When actor Nicolas Cage decided to unload most of his vast comic
book collection in 2002, he used Heritage Auctions in Dallas to
execute the $1.68 million sale. In Orlando last year, a 1913 U.S.
Liberty head nickel previously owned by Egypt's King Farouk and
before that, Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss (who sold it years
earlier for a paltry $200,000), was sold at a Heritage auction for
$3.7 million to an East Coast collector.
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