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Harmonious Generosity: MusiCares® Charity Relief Auction

Dua Lipa’s Stage Worn Custom-Made Casey Cadwallader for Mugler Gold "Illusion" Catsuit & Christine McVie’s Stage-Played "Songbird" Yamaha C3 Baby Grand Piano (Each Sold for $50,800) Dazzle Julien’s Auctions MusiCares® Charity Relief Auction

February 19, 2024

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Auctioneer Kody Frederick auctioning Jon Bon Jovi’s guitar at Julien’s Auctions MusiCares auction at the Grammy Museum

The convergence of music, philanthropy, and artistry reached a crescendo at the Julien's Auctions MusiCares® Charity Relief Auction, held on Sunday, February 4th, at the prestigious GRAMMY Museum® in Los Angeles. The event, a prelude to Music's Biggest Night, showcased an array of iconic memorabilia from GRAMMY® nominated artists, creating a unique fusion of musical history and charitable giving.

A groundbreaking departure from tradition, this year's auction marked the first time the annual pre-GRAMMY Awards® auction unfolded in a multi-camera livestream directed by Jerry Foley. Foley, the acclaimed director known for his work on the Late Show with David Letterman, ensured the global audience experienced the excitement through YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram Live, as well as on the official websites of Julien's Auctions and MusiCares.

The auction featured an illustrious lineup of artifacts, each carrying its own historical significance. Dua Lipa's stage-worn custom-made Casey Cadwallader for Mugler Gold "Illusion" catsuit stole the spotlight, fetching an impressive $50,800—nearly thirteen times its initial estimate. The meticulous craftsmanship of the bodysuit, adorned with 120,000 crystals and worn during Lipa's 2022 "Future Nostalgia" tour in South America, underscored its exceptional value.

Mugler posted the ten-time GRAMMY Nominee in the catsuit on their Instagram platform when Dua Lipa performed in São Paulo, Brazil September 8, 2022. The custom bodysuit took over 1160 cumulative hours to complete and is all over embroidered with 120,000 crystals, and it is estimated to be worth over $45,000. Featuring a boned bodice with overall spiral sheer tulle panels and matching gloves, these spiral-like sheer splices are the brand’s signature design under Cadwallader's creative direction.

The catsuit comes with a pair of fully embellished elbow-length gloves with the "Illusion" design, using gold spandex and sheer tulle panels. The palms of the gloves are tulle with no press-on crystals, likely done for performance purposes.

Rock music enthusiasts witnessed a momentous occasion with the sale of Christine McVie's cherished Yamaha C3 Baby Grand Piano. This instrument, which graced the stage during Fleetwood Mac's iconic tours for "Rumours" and "The Dance," commanded a winning bid of $50,800, surpassing its estimate of $20,000-$30,000.

For the two decades between the tours for Rumours and The Dance in 1977 and 1997, McVie played this piano during performances of "Songbird," which would often close Fleetwood Mac concerts. McVie says: "The baby grand, where I have played 'Songbird,' the song I'm most proud of, has been such an important part of my life and career."

Jon Bon Jovi, honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year 2024, added to the fervor with the sale of his stage-played 2018 Takamine black EF341SC acoustic guitar, featured in the "Story of Love" music video. The guitar, embodying the spirit of Bon Jovi's iconic performances, achieved a remarkable $44,450, well beyond its estimated range of $10,000-$15,000.

A 2018 Takamine EF341SC acoustic guitar, serial number 56050836, in gloss black finish with Mahogany neck, solid cedar top, maple back and sides and rosewood fingerboard, in original hard case with red tape "#2" label.

Guitars from music's titans further enriched the auction, with highlights including Robert Smith's Schecter model acoustic guitar, James Hetfield's ESP LTD Vulture model (sold for $32,500), Jelly Roll's Gretsch Electromatic Center Block Jr. (sold for $22,750), and Taylor Swift's signature Baby Taylor model (sold for $15,600). These instruments, bearing the signatures and histories of their legendary owners, resonated with collectors and reaching impressive prices that exceeded initial estimates.

In addition to guitars, the auction featured diverse items, such as a signed copy of Paul McCartney's "The Lyrics: 1965 to Present," Slash's Gibson Les Paul Anaconda Burst Guitar, Olivia Rodrigo's twice-signed skateboard, and a Stevie Nicks Barbie Doll inspired by the Fleetwood Mac era.

A signed, hardcover edition of GRAMMY® award winner Sir Paul McCartney's 2021 book of the year, The Lyrics: 1965 to Present (W.W. Norton, 2021) hand signed and personalized to the winning bidder.

The generosity of bidders extended beyond instruments and memorabilia, as evidenced by the sale of Lionel Richie's custom-made, gold sequined performance bomber jacket and Joe Walsh's personally owned and signed 2015 Fender Stratocaster guitar.

Proceeds from this event, held in the lead-up to the 66th Annual GRAMMY Awards® telecast, will benefit MusiCares. As a leading music industry charity, MusiCares plays a vital role in providing a support system for the physical and mental health, addiction recovery, and disaster relief needs of the music community.

The Julien's Auctions MusiCares® Charity Relief Auction transcended its role as a mere auction and emerged as a celebration of music's enduring legacy, artistic expression, and collective benevolence. The harmonious marriage of philanthropy and music reached new heights, leaving an indelible mark on the annals of musical history.

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