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Press Release - January 25, 2017
Prince’s Cloud Guitar Headlined Heritage Auctions’ Top Entertainment Lots in 2016Prince-owned guitar, rare Beatles album each clear more than $100,000
DALLAS — A Guitar Owned and Played by Music Legend Prince headlined an extraordinary year in 2016 for the Music & Entertainment specialists working in the Entertainment Department of Heritage Auctions.
The yellow guitar, designed in Prince's signature "Cloud" style, raced past its $50,000 presale estimate, and sold for $137,500 two months after the artist's death. The 22-fret fingerboard is decorated with black marks in the form of Prince's "spade" symbol, and there is a label on the back of the guitar's body that reads "Property of PRN MUSIC CORP. PM 16644."
A Gem Mint copy of the Beatles' Yesterday and Today Sealed First State Stereo "Butcher Cover" LP (Capitol, 1966) also lured a six-figure return when it went for $125,000. The album, which was accompanied by a rare, original "Rear Beatles Chapter President" letter and envelope, was the ninth U.S. release by Capitol Records. The title was based on the inclusion of the hit Yesterday. The infamous "butcher" photo was taken early in 1966 by Robert Whitaker and was titled "A Somnambulant Adventure."
Another legend's guitar was among the department's top items for the year: the 1969 Gibson Hummingbird Acoustic Janis Joplin owned and played – most notably on her recording of the classic "Me and Bobby McGee" on her posthumous Pearl album – brought $50,000. After Joplin's death, the guitar was given to Sam Andrew, founding member of the Kozmic Blues Band and Big Brother and the Holding Company.
Another Prince "Cloud" guitar cracked Heritage Entertainment's top four lots in 2016. This cobalt blue Prototype Schecter Diamond Series Cloud Guitar that was personally played and approved by Prince reached $42,500. It had been immortalized further when Sheila E. played it and held it overhead at her tribute to Prince at the 2016 BET Awards.
The Beatles made their second appearance in the top five when An Autographed 1964 Photo sold for $42,500. The image – thought by some to be the greatest Beatles signed photograph known to exist – was taken by Dezo Hoffman when the group performed Dec. 7, 1963, in the Empire Theatre in Liverpool. Signed in black felt-tip marker by all four members of the so-called "Fab Four," the image is in Excellent condition. The 8-by-10(-inch) photo is in a frame that measures 13.5 by 15.25 inches.
Another copy of the Beatles Yesterday and Today Sealed Livingston First State Mono "Butcher Cover" LP (Capitol T 2553, 1966) also pulled in $42,500, showing that the album is a coveted collectible item, even in different conditions. The album, released July 20, 1966, was a mish-mash of songs from several other releases, including two tracks from the UK pressing of the group's Help! album and four from the Rubber Soul LP.
A Billie Holiday Concert Poster (Joe Glaser Presents, 1949) was in such high demand that it more than tripled its pre-auction estimate, ultimately pulling in $35,000. Believed to be the first one like it ever made available through auction, this posted announces "Joe Glaser presents America's No. 1 Song Stylist Billie Holiday in Person" for Holiday's March 1, 1949 performance in Sacramento, California.
A Lock of John Lennon's Hair, Trimmed (in 1966) In Preparation for Filming of How I Won The War, also pulled in $35,000. Accompanied by a signed call sheet, dated Sept 6, 1966, and period provenance, the lock arrives directly from Lennon's hairdresser, Klaus Baruck, who trimmed Lennon's hair in Hamburg, Germany. The hair is roughly four inches long and likely contains hundreds of strands. While making this film, Lennon began wearing the round glasses that became part of his signature look for the rest of his life.
Other top Music items sold through Heritage Auctions' Entertainment Department included but were not limited to:
· A Guillotine Used On State By Alice Cooper during the "Billion Dollar Babies" Tour (1973): realized $32,500
· An Unused Beatles Ticket from their First U.S. Concert in Washington, D.C. (1964): realized $30,000
· An Autographed First Pressing of "P.S. I Love You/Love Me Do" 45 (Parlophone, 1962): realized $30,000
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