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.