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Auction Report: Julien’s Grammy Benefit

by Christopher Kent (01/31/09).

Julien’s Auctions gets cranked up on Feb. 6 with its charity auction in conjunction with the 51st Grammy Awards at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The charity auction will benefit the MusiCares Foundation, which was established by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences to aid musicians in need.

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This phenomenal sale includes items that represent more than 70 years of music history from the jazz-age greats to rock-’n’-roll legends. An extensive amount of Rolling Stones and Beatles memorabilia tops the list along with guitars played onstage by David Bowie and Eric Clapton. There are also recording contracts signed by Frank Sinatra and Elton John, and Bob Dylan memorabilia.

Lot 3 hits the auction running with signatures from two highly marketable icons. Madonna and Andy Warhol autographed the 1985 issue of “Interview” magazine in which she was interviewed by actor Harry Dean Stanton. It was big year for the Material Girl. She married Sean Penn and made her acting debut in “Desperately Seeking Susan.” Madonna told Stanton, “I’ve had enough blasphemous photographs. Everyone knows I am a bad girl.” “Interview,” founded in 1969 by Warhol, was dedicated to the cult of personality with celebrities interviewing celebrities. The estimate is a low starter of $800-$1,200.

"Interview" magazine

"Interview" magazine

Lot 4, a Police-signed Fender Stratocaster. This guitar has the signatures of members of the band, Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland. In 2003, Police was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2007, the band celebrated the 30th anniversary of the song, “Roxanne,” which got them their contract with A&M Records. Estimate: $1,000-$2,000.

Fender Stratocaster

Fender Stratocaster

Police signatures

Police signatures

Lot 102, an Elvis Presley handwritten speech. With an estimate of $2,000 to $4,000, this rare handwritten document on personalized stationary reads, “And these gentlemen here, these type people, who care. They’re dedicated, you realize they might be building the Kingdom of heaven right here, it’s not hard to believe that.” The letter measures 5 inches by 5 inches” and is in excellent condition.

Lot 101, Guns N’ Roses original cover art. Drawn by Billy White Jr. in 1987, this original pencil-on-paper drawing was used as the album cover image for Guns N’ Roses’ “Appetite For Destruction.” It was the band’s first release and catapulted them into stardom. The album has gone platinum 18 times. Estimate: $2,000-$4,000.

Album cover from pencil drawing

Album cover from pencil drawing

Neil Diamond, voted this Grammys’ person of the year, has donated his 1956 vintage Ford Thunderbird convertible. Lot 87A is a fully loaded gem, which was Ford’s answer to Chevrolet’s Corvette. Included with this mint-condition vehicle is the original license plate, which reads “Eice.” Diamond had considered using Eice Charry as his stage name. This classic car has the not-surprising estimate of $50,000 to $60,000. This one’s going to go through the roof.

lot-887-diamonds-thunderbird– By Christopher Kent, a member of the WorthPoint board of advisers and director of evaluations for WorthPoint. He is also an antiques and collectibles generalist, fine-arts broker and president of CTK Design.

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One Response to “Auction Report: Julien’s Grammy Benefit”

  1. Thomas S. Stevens & Josephine says:


    We own a color xerox Print of Andy Warhol on a One Dollar Bill with Andy Warhol’s SIGNATURE. It was purchased in Penna. (Andy’s Home Town) in the year 1982 when Andy was still alive.
    We want to sell this piece of art to a Dealer who appreciates Andy Warhol. Are you Interested ??? We can be reached by e-mail or by calling : (818) 261-5405.
    Thank You, Josephine M. Caiazzo & Thomas (Los Angeles)

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