Oscar, Marilyn, JFK, MLK and MJ all part of 20th Century Icons at Heritage Auctions, Nov. 6-7 Anne Revere's 1945 National Velvet Oscar, Miles Davis signed trumpet, Garbo's DMV application, rarest Bob Dylan LPs, all part of Heritage Auctions' Nov. 6-7 auction
no less compelling than the day it was made famous.
Few, if any, movie stars of 20th Century American cinema are more famous than Marilyn Monroe and few baseball players can lay claim to greater fame than Joe DiMaggio. The blond bombshell superstar and the renowned slugger are represented together in the Heritage Auctions' Nov. 6-7 event in the form of a children's menu from the Big Top Restaurant at the Tides Hotel and Bath Club in San Diego, signed by both Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio, at some time during their brief and very public relationship. The couple were wed in 1954 and stayed married for only nine months, making this one of the very few items known to feature a signature from both. It's easy to imagine that a simple "dinner out" for this superstar couple would have been nearly impossible to get through without having to answer requests for autographs and endure the unending stares of adoring fans. The menu is estimated at $6,000+.
The world of music icons is amply covered in the auction, with a wide array of material that relates to most every significant music act of the last 50 years, including a very special lot relating to the most recently departed 20th Century icon of music, the King of Pop himself. The lot at Heritage Auctions is a Michael Jackson Thriller in-house Gold and Platinum Album Aware presented by Jackson himself to Fred Astaire with the inscription "Presented to Fred Astaire, My Hero/Love, Michael Jackson." This is a rare chance to own a piece of memorabilia constructed by Jackson himself, a man so admired and beloved by millions, and presented in the spirit of friendship to a man that he personally and professionally venerated. Estimated at $4,000+.
A rocking chair used by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., bought for his use by his editor in the last years of his life, Hermine I. Popper, so that the legendary Civil Rights leader could work in comfort at Popper's upstate New York cabin while the two worked on King's writings, has already been the subject of some advance media buzz, but certainly deserves another mention here. It is estimated at $12,000+.
"Occasionally an item will come to Heritage Auctions that is not only an honor to present, but which virtually sends chills up the spine with its provenance, significance and inspirational association," said Norwine. "Such a piece is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Lincoln rocking chair, a relic that is representative of American history and brotherhood. We're thrilled to be offering the chair Dr. King enjoyed extensively, particularly while writing his seminal 1967 book, Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?"
Further highlights include, but certainly are not limited to:
Eric Clapton Signed Limited Edition "Blackie" Tribute Guitar: In 1970, Eric Clapton bought six vintage 1950s-era Fender Stratocasters for $100 each from the Sho-Bud guitar shop in Memphis. After giving one each to George Harrison, Pete Townshend, and Steve Winwood, he took the