A trio of collectibles linked to rock ‘n’ roll legends the Beatles, Janis Joplin, and Elvis Presley are headed for auction at Christie’s in New York, where they altogether are expected to fetch between US$680,000 and US$1 million.
The items, offered by anonymous owners, are part of what Christie’s is calling the Exceptional Sale, a live auction to be held on Feb. 1. The event will be live at 10 a.m. EST at the auction house.
The concept of the event is to feature “extraordinary objects that have great stories behind them,” says Edward Lewine, a Christie’s spokesman.
The eclectic mix of treasures on the block—artwork, clothing, instruments, gems, and more—have all the fixings for a truly rarefied rummage sale.
Images of a Woman, a colorful acrylic and watercolor abstract painting on paper, was made by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison in 1966 while they were on tour in Japan.
“They were stuck in their hotel room because fans mobbed them wherever they went,” Lewine says. “They had about three days in which they really couldn’t go anywhere. And they created this work of art.” It is expected to sell for between US$400,000 and US$600,000.
“There seems to have perhaps been one or two other things that the Beatles may have done together,” Lewine says. “But this is by far the largest, most complete one, and it’s the only one that we know of.”
The Beatles joint painting, similar to the other two rock-centric items, has been identified and authenticated through photographic evidence, according to Christie’s.
Elvis Presley’s electric guitar from his 1969 career-invigorating residency in Las Vegas was made by the Fred Gretsch Manufacturing Co.
“This marked Elvis’s reintroduction to the stage and live audiences, and it was an absolute triumph,” Lewine says. “When you touch this guitar, you’re touching that comeback moment.”
This piece of the King’s past is anticipated to sell for between US$250,000 and US$350,000.
A gold-crocheted vest worn in the late 1960s by the iconic performer of “Me and Bobby McGee” and “Piece of My Heart” is expected to go for US$30,000 to US$50,000.
“Janis Joplin was an early rock and roller whose style has been highly influential,” Lewine says. “This piece is an artifact of an important moment in fashion.”
Other items being auctioned include Bob Beamon’s 1968 Olympic gold medal and a red tourmaline stone from Brazil known as “the Y” because of its sculptural shape. Each is expected to sell for between US$400,000 and US$600,000.
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