Michael Jackson, Jimi Hendrix, Elvis Presley, and The Beatles Rock the Auction on Artfact Live! Update! Auction Date has changed! Alexander Autographs presents over 700 lots of autographs and memorabilia from Rock & Roll legends on October 21 and October 22nd
News-Antique.com - Sep 08,2009 - (Boston MA) Artfact Live! is pleased to announce a special two-day auction event, “Rock the Auction”, offered by Alexander Autographs on October 21st and October 22nd. “Rock the Auction” is available for online bidding exclusively through Artfact Live! and is presented in conjunction with Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT. This extraordinary auction offers over 700 lots from Rock and Roll legends such as Michael Jackson, Jimi Hendrix, Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, The Beatles, The Grateful Dead, Johnny Cash, Don Henley, Prince and many others. Original items offered in the sale include documents, musical instruments, personal clothing, promotional materials, albums and more. Benefiting VH1’s Save the Music Foundation, this is an auction for any rock and roll enthusiast or pop culture collector. Bidding starts as low as $25, while a leather jacket worn by Michael Jackson during “Dirty Diana” rehearsals, expected to fetch between $150,000 and $200,000 opens for bidding at $75,000.
Day one begins with a significant document in the history of rock and roll. Lot 1 is the signed document archive of legal papers pertaining to "We Are the World." Written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Ritchie, and preformed by numerous well-known musical artists, proceeds from the single went to alleviate hunger in Africa and the United States. The papers include an agreement between Jackson and Ritchie to share the rights to the song and some of the contracts arranged with other artists to participate in the recording. Bidding opens at $10,000. (Further documentation regarding the “We are the World” project can be obtained on day two in lot 417, which contains the papers in which Michael Jackson signed over his rights to the single in 1985, donating all further proceeds to efforts to alleviate hunger in Africa and the United States. Bidding on this item begins at $7,500.)
The top lot of day one is lot 249, a custom-made walking cane belonging to Johnny Cash. As Cash’s health began to decline in the 1990’s he came to require the use of a cane. This is an intricately carved wooden walking cane with an owl perched at the top and a rattlesnake wrapped around the base. First sold in 2004 at Sotheby’s Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash estate sale, the cane is now available starting at $10,000.
Lot 175 is a Beatles First State Sealed Mono "Livingston" Butcher Cover. Records with this cover design are exceptionally rare as they were recalled early after the album’s release to critics; they were considered too graphic and offensive for the public. This particular album has an even more impressive pedigree as it originally belonged to Alan Livingston, the president of Capitol Records in 1966. Included in the lot is a signed Livingston letter and a photocopy of the original Capitol Records recall letter to reviewers. Bidding begins at $10,000.
Lot 176 is an unreleased audio conversation between John Lennon and Yoko Ono. On this tape, made in 1969, John and Yoko talk candidly for forty-five minutes about love