Christies Of London Pop Culture Auction 6/26/13

Premiere auction house Christies will be holding a Pop Culture auction in London on June 26th featuring 252 lots of memorabilia up for bidding. Check out the press release below!


Pop Culture
Wednesday 26 June 2013
85 Old Brompton Road, London

120 Years of Popular Culture at Christie’s South Kensington in June

Christie’s is proud to present Pop Culture, showcasing important memorabilia from every decade of the past 120 years of popular culture.

Christie’s is proud to present Pop Culture, showcasing important memorabilia from every decade of the past 120 years of popular culture. Charting the history of cinema, pop and rock & roll, the sale will comprise 252 lots with estimates for individual items ranging from £600 to £50,000. The sale will also feature The Red Ronnie Collection of Rock & Roll Memorabilia; Red Ronnie, a well-known and much-loved radio personality in Italy, began his collection in 1990 and has amassed a diverse collection of music memorabilia. The collection features items relating to some of the most famous names from Rock and Roll history including: the Beatles, John Lennon, the Rolling Stones, Jim Morrison, Elvis Presley and Jimi Hendrix, among others. All items on offer will be available to view on exhibition at Christie’s Old Brompton Road galleries in South Kensington, London, from 22 to 26 June 2013.

1900 – 1930

HARRY HOUDINI, the world’s most famous escape artist, was born Ehrich Weiss in Budapest, Hungary. The sale will feature a rare British theatre poster for The Handcuff King tour at the Argyle, Theatre of Varieties Birkenhead in 1905 (estimate: £3,000 – 5,000).

Morocco, filmed in 1930, introduced MARLENE DIETRICH to the American public. This watercolour and pencil costume sketch by Travis Banton shows the actress as Amy Jolly, in the now iconic man’s tuxedo costume which shocked the American public at the time (estimate: £6,000 – 8,000).

1930s & 1940s

Released in 1937, Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs, based on the fairytale by The Brother’s Grimm, was the earliest of the WALT DISNEY Animated Classics. At the 11th Academy Awards Walt Disney won an honorary award for which he was given a full size Oscar statuette and seven miniature statuettes.  This celluloid with key production background shows Dopey carrying a shovelful of diamonds (estimate: £15,000 – 17,000).


A rare handwritten letter from MARILYN MONROE as Norma Jeane Baker to her then husband James Dougherty, dated March 14th 1946, give an insight into the end of her first marriage (estimate: £15,000 – 25,000).


Memorabilia from the 1950s, one of the most glamorous eras of the 20th century, includes an important wedding dress worn by ELIZABETH TAYLOR for her first wedding to Conrad ‘Nicky’ Hilton in 1950 (estimate: £30,000 – 50,000).


In 1963 BOB DYLAN wrote a ‘Bomb’ song, Go Away you Bomb, for an unpublished book of anti-nuclear protest songs in when he was working on his seminal album The Freewheelin Bob Dylan. They were never released and have never before been seen on the market. The lyrics include handwritten deletions and alterations, providing invaluable insight into the mindset of the Dylan as he composed. They are being sold by Israel ‘Izzy’ Young, founder of the Folklore Center in Greenwich Village, New York, who organized Bob Dylan’s first ever concert. The lyrics are estimated to realise between £25,000 and £35,000 and proceeds will benefit the Folklore Center in Stockholm.

The Breitling Top Time, worn by SEAN CONNERY during JAMES BOND’s mission to find two NATO atomic bombs stolen by SPECTRE in the 1965 movie Thunderball, was recently bought for £25 at a car boot sale and is estimated to realise between £40,000 and £60,000.

christiesjune13abcThe historic 1969 festival, Woodstock, is widely regarded as a pivotal moment in Rock and Roll history. A page of notes in Jimi Hendrix’s hand titled Unfinished Rough Sketch of Woodstock Festival represents Hendrix’s initial impressions and observations of Woodstock (estimate: £25,000 – 35,000).

Released in 1969, True Grit sees JOHN WAYNE as US Marshal Rooster Cogburn, a role for which he won his only Academy Award.  This eye patch still shows sign of make-up residue on the inside of the patch (estimate: £6,000 – 8,000). This prop eye patch worn by Wayne in the movie is one of a number of patches that were hand-made for the film by John Wayne’s costumier, Luster Bayless, who recalls that he “needed a fresh patch every day. Every morning he’d check the thing to see if there was any makeup inside it.


JOHN LENNON  A two-piece tweed suit worn by Lennon during his immigration trial is expected to fetch between £15,000 and £25,000.


From The Red Ronnie Collection comes a rare and important set of handwritten lyrics for L.A. Woman, the title track on THE DOORS album of the same name released in 1971, the final album before Jim Morrison’s untimely death on 3 July, 1971 (estimate: £25,000 – 35,000). The song was recorded at The Doors Workshop on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood, Los Angeles, between December 1970 and January 1971. Morrison recorded his vocal part in the bathroom of the makeshift studio due to the room’s natural reverb.


Highlighting a selection of memorabilia form the 1980s is a page of handwritten lyrics by RICK JAMES for the hit single Super Freak, 1981 (estimate: £4,000 – 6,000). Rick James won a Grammy Award for Best R&B Song with Hammer for the song, his only Grammy win.

A pair of Levi Strauss & Co. cut-off jeans worn by MADONNA on the cover of People magazine in 1989 features a doodle by US artist Keith Haring and hand painted designs by Leslie Hamel (estimate: £6,000 – 8,000). Madonna is also pictured wearing these jeans during a night out with Warren Beatty, circa January, 1990 and prior to a concert during the Blonde Ambition Tour at Meadowlands Arena, New Jersey, 21 June, 1990.


Memorabilia relating to one of the most influential bands of the 1990s, NIRVANA, includes the smashed neck from Kurt Cobain’s Aria Pro II Cardinal electric guitar (estimate: £3,000 – 5,000). The guitar was played by Cobain on stage on various occasions, including at The Masquerade, Atlanta, Georgia, 6 May, 1990; Stache’s, Columbus, Ohio, 9 May, 1990; and Duffy’s Tavern, Lincoln, Nebraska, 13 May, 1990. Cobain eventually smashed this guitar on stage at the Motor Sports show in Seattle on 22 September, 1990. Also on offer is a Tanglewood Stratocaster-style guitar signed by Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl (estimate: £2,000 – 3,000).

From The Red Ronnie Collection comes a pair of black Dolce & Gabbana platform shoes worn by Madonna for a photo shoot by Herb Ritts for publicity purposes for the Girlie Tour, 1993 (estimate: £2,000 – 3,000).

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Only days after her wedding to Blake Fielder-Civil in Miami, Florida on 18 May, 2007, AMY WINEHOUSE wore a gingham dress to film the music video for Tears Dry On Their Own, the fourth single released from her critically acclaimed album Back To Black. The dress features on the cover of the DVD I Told You I Was Trouble: Amy Winehouse, Live in London.

A Honda CRF250R Motorcycle used by Daniel Craig as JAMES BOND in Skyfall is being sold to benefit BBC Children In Need (estimate: £15,000 – 25,000). The motorbike features in the thrilling opening action sequence of Skyfall which was filmed in Istanbul and Adana during 2012. Freestyle motocross legend Robbie Maddison doubled as Daniel Craig for the jaw-dropping stunt sequences.


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