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Extraordinary Property from the Life and Careers of Eric Clapton, Prince, The Beatles, Nirvana, Frank Zappa, Foo Fighters, Michael Jackson, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Jimi Hendrix, U2, Mick Jagger, Madonna, Slash, Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison and Much More

Robert Whitman photo of Prince with 1959 Gibson L48 guitar also being offered in auction

Rare The Beatles “Hard Day’s Night” album signed on front cover
Eric Clapton worn and signed suit

Los Angeles, California – (October 7, 2016) – Julien’s Auctions, the world-record-breaking auction house to the stars, has announced an extraordinary auction featuring a wide collection of property from the life and careers of some of the world’s most legendary and iconic artists of Rock n’ Roll. On Saturday, November 5, 2016 Julien’s Auctions will offer collectors and fans the opportunity to bid on rarities that include property from Eric Clapton, Prince, The Beatles and many more. The extraordinary personal collection of Eric Clapton and the rare items from Prince are only the beginning of the auction which includes over 700 items and will take place at the Julien’s Auctions Los Angeles gallery. Property from the Estate of Frank & Gail Zappa will be offered on Friday, November 4, 2016.

Ranked one of the the greatest guitarists of all time by Rolling Stone Magazine, Eric Clapton is highlighted in the upcoming auction at Julien’s Auctions. The 18-time GRAMMY® Award winner and triple inductee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is represented in the Icons and Idols: Rock n’ Roll auction with over 20 items including signed clothing, boots, suits, his BMI certificates and more (Estimates: Various). The auction of Eric Clapton’s items from his personal life and career will benefit his Crossroads Centre which he founded in 1998.

U2’s the Edge signed and designed Music Rising limited edition guitar

"The beneficiary of the sale items is the Crossroads Centre in Antigua, which opened in 1998 and which I am happy to say continues to flourish, but we do always need an influx of funds to help continue the good work being done out there. So, I am happy to use this opportunity to help Crossroads in its ongoing mission.”  – Eric Clapton

Lynyrd Skynyrd stage and studio played drum kit

The world was stunned on April 21, 2016 when they learned of the untimely passing of Prince, the artist who went on to become one of the most commercially influential artists of all time. Known for such hits as “Purple Rain,” “1999,” “Raspberry Beret,” and “When Doves Cry,” to name a few, Prince was a singer, music producer, instrumentalist, songwriter and, without a doubt, one of the world’s most recognizable and influential musicians. Highlights of Prince’s life and career to be offered at the Icons and Idols: Rock n’ Roll auction include Prince’s 1959 Gibson L48 guitar (Estimate: $40,000-$60,000) and two rare photos of Prince with the guitar taken by Robert Whitman at Prince’s first photo shoot (Estimate: $1,000-$2,000); Prince’s paisley black jacket (Estimate: $25,000-$30,000); Prince handwritten working lyrics for “I Hope We Work It Out” (Estimate: $4,000-$6,000); a Prince performance used purple microphone (Estimate: $2,000-$4,000); a “Purple Rain” film script (Estimate: $1,000-$2,000); and many other items from the life of Prince.

Elvis Presley gold pendant necklace
Eric Clapton signed and worn boots

Other incredible highlights of the auction include the only known Beatles “Hard Day’s Night” album that was signed on the front cover by all of The Beatles — all others known were always signed on the back (Estimate: $20,000-$40,000); John Lennon and Yoko Ono signed “Bed In” display photograph (Estimate: $20,000-$30,000); Jimi Hendrix signed arrest documents (Estimate: $20,000-$30,000); Michael Jackson’s photoshoot worn sweater (Estimate: $6,000-$8,000); a Pat Smear Foo Fighters smashed guitar (Estimate: $4,000-$6,000); Barry Manilow back up singer’s costumes and albums (Estimate: $800-$1,200); and Roy Orbison’s 1953 signed yearbook and photos from his “Wink Westerner” and “Teen Kings Band” (Estimate: $600-$800). Highlights also from The Beatles include The Beatles GRAMMY® Nomination plaque (Estimate: $10,000-$15,000); a John Lennon signed “Please Please Me” album (Estimate: $4,000-$6,000); and a George Harrison signed Pepsi soda bottle (Estimate: $600-$800), among many other Beatles items.

Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley gold candy favors from their wedding

Michael Jackson "Thriller" Notes
Slash played guitar

Prince used purple microphone

Icons and Idols: Rock n’ Roll at Julien’s Auctions will take you through a literal history of pop culture and the influences music has had on generations. Other highlights of the auction include a pair of Elvis Presley “TCB” sunglasses (Estimate: $8,000-$10,000); an Elvis Presley concert worn shirt (Estimate: $10,000-$20,000); an Elvis Presley gifted Bible (Estimate: $6,000-$8,000); an Elvis Presley Diamond and Gold coin pendant necklace (Estimate: $12,000-$16,000); a Frank Sinatra gifted piano to his daughter Tina Sinatra (Estimate: $20,000-$40,000); Michael Cartellone’s Lynyrd Skynyrd stage and studio played drum kit (Estimate: $10,000-$20,000); an Eagles signed poster (Estimate: $800-$1,200); U2’s the Edge signed limited edition Music Rising Epiphone electric guitar created for the charity he co-founded (Estimate: $6,000-$8,000); a Michael Jackson signed “Thriller” contract (Estimate: $3,000-$5,000); Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley wedding candy bars (Estimate: $800-$1,200); a Madonna Platinum Record Award (Estimate: $400-$600); Rita Ora’s ensemble painted by Mr. Brainwash and worn on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon (Estimate: $6,000-$8,000); a Mick Jagger and U2 played guitar (Estimate: $10,000-$20,000); Vinnie Vincent handwritten lyrics (Estimate: $7,000-$9,000); several celebrity signed guitars (Estimate: Various) and much more.

Nirvana tour road case


Property from the Estate of Frank & Gail Zappa is part of the Icons and Idols: Rock n’ Roll weekend of auctions.



Julien’s Auctions
741 North La Cienega Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90069

Property from the Estate of Frank & Gail Zappa
Monday, October 31, 2016 – Thursday, November 3, 2016
11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. PDT
Free to the Public

Icons and Idols: Rock n’ Roll
Monday, October 31, 2016 – Thursday, November 3, 2016
11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. PDT
Free to the Public

Property from the Estate of Frank & Gail Zappa
Friday, November 4, 2016
Session I: 10:00 a.m. PDT
Session II: 2:00 p.m. PDT

Icons and Idols: Rock n’ Roll
Saturday, November 5, 2016
Session III: 10:00 a.m. PDT
Session IV:  2:00 p.m. PDT

Crossroads Centre

For inquiries, please email info@juliensauctions.com or call 310-836-1818.

Rita Ora’s ensemble painted by Mr. Brainwash and worn on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon

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About Julien's Auctions
Julien's Auctions is the World-Record Breaking Auction House to the Stars. Collaborating with the famous and the exclusive, Julien's Auctions produces high profile auctions from the world of entertainment, Rock n' Roll, sports and art. Founded by Darren Julien, Julien's Auctions has achieved international recognition for its extraordinary auction events which attract thousands of collectors, investors, fans and enthusiasts from around the world. Julien's Auctions specializes in auctioning iconic artifacts and notable collections from the world's most recognizable stars including Marilyn Monroe, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Lady Gaga, Banksy, Cher, Michael Jackson, U2, Barbra Streisand, Larry Hagman, Les Paul, Bob Hope, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Jimi Hendrix and many more. Each auction is beautifully documented in a collectible high gloss auction catalog uniquely capturing the story of the collection and photographs of each treasure. Based in Los Angeles, Julien's Auctions has an international presence and is featured widely in the press both domestically and internationally while bringing their exhibitions and auctions to destinations worldwide including London, New York, Las Vegas, Japan and China. Live auctions are presented for bidders on-site and online via live streaming video, by phone and by text. Darren Julien, Founder & CEO, and Martin Nolan, Executive Director, head up the organization and together have led the renowned auction house to world record breaking auction results. For more information, go to www.juliensauctions.com.

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