Music Icons Strikes a Chord

Results reinforce the lasting impact of artists on generations of fans worldwide.

March 5, 2024

"Music Icons", held both live and online, drew music enthusiasts and collectors from around the globe, eager to acquire pieces of history from legendary artists such as Michael Jackson, Dolly Parton, Taylor Swift, Freddie Mercury, and Bill Wyman.

The standout item of the auction was Michael Jackson's custom-made 1996 Brit Awards jacket, worn during his acceptance of the "Artist of a Generation" award. This iconic piece, created by renowned designers Dennis Tompkins and Michael Bush, sold for an impressive $50,800, garnering significant attention from bidders.

A black rip-stop nylon long-sleeve jacket with white reflective plastic collar, epaulets and decorative piping, as worn by Michael Jackson as he accepted the "Artist of a Generation" Award presented by Bob Geldof at the BRIT Awards held in London, England on February 19, 1996. A Dennis Tompkins Michael Bush label is present.

Country music fans had the opportunity to bid on Dolly Parton's jade green ensemble, worn during a memorable performance in 1974 and featured on the cover of her 1978 album, "In the Beginning." The ensemble, adorned with intricate embellishments, fetched $32,000, highlighting the enduring appeal of the country music icon.

A figure-hugging jade green embellished 1970s stage and album cover worn Dolly Parton ensemble, one of the most honored women of country music. Parton wore the custom-made ensemble in 1974 while performing at WBAP's "Country Gold" in Arlington, Texas and on the cover of her 1978 album In the Beginning (Monument, 1978). The polyester ensemble is generously embellished with color, iridescent glass, and brass-tone studs. The ensemble includes a snug fitting bodice with bell sleeves, a fitted waist and peplum and a pair of fitted bell-bottom trousers. A maker's label that reads "Exclusive Design for Dolly Parton" is present. Accompanied by a copy of the album.

Taylor Swift enthusiasts were treated to props from her 2014 Glamour Magazine cover shoot, including a 1991 Gibson Les Paul Studio Lite guitar in translucent cerulean blue finish, which sold for $15,875. Swift's eclectic collection of boho-inspired items, such as a vintage-style steamer trunk and throw pillows, also attracted significant interest from bidders.

A 1991 Gibson Les Paul Studio Lite guitar, serial number 92041550, in translucent cerulean blue finish with weight relieved Mahogany and chromyte body, maple top, original uncovered Gibson Humbucker pickups and original hard case; used as a prop during Taylor Swift's 2014 Glamour Magazine cover photo shoot. Repair to guitar neck. The March 2014 issue of Glamour featuring Swift as the cover star, who had previously graced the cover three times, marked the magazine's 75th year in publication. In the issue, editor Cindi Leive explained their choice of Swift as the "quintessential Glamour star," comparable to their first cover star, the then lovable 24-year-old, Ann Sheridan (the same age as Swift in the shoot). In the boho-inspired photo shoot, Swift sports a 70s-style fringe and flowy clothing among a curated selection of vintage-style props, and this color coordinated guitar

Rock music aficionados had their chance to own pieces of history, with handwritten lyrics by Freddie Mercury of Queen selling for $28,575. Additionally, instruments belonging to rock legends Walter Becker and Bill Wyman commanded impressive prices, underscoring the enduring legacy of rock and roll.

Two sheets of music lyrics handwritten by Freddie Mercury of Queen. The lyrics, from an unpublished song, read in part, "It's a world of give and take / a calculated risk reason / Love inside a prison / Destiny at stake / Trapped by your own admission ... When you can't handle the strain / The tug of war of being in love / The challenge and the pace human race."

A 1966 Fender Precision Bass with its original Firemist Silver finish, owned by Walter Becker of Steely Dan. Neckplate bears serial number 112911, and the neck heel is stamped with 5FEB66C. Together with a hardshell case.

A 1977 Travis Bean TB2000 Custom short-scale bass. This bass was custom-built for Bill Wyman of The Rolling Stones in 1977. Wyman used this bass for Rolling Stones recordings in 1977 and 1978. Together with a copy of the December 1978 issue of Guitar Player magazine featuring an image of Wyman holding this bass on the cover. The bass is built with a double-cutaway Koa body in a white finish, aluminum neck with 19-fret fingerboard, two Travis Bean bass pickups wired with volume and tone knobs for each, and a three-way toggle switch. Clifford Travis Bean was a California machinist and drummer who patented an innovative design for guitars and basses with machined aluminum necks. He partnered with Gary Kramer and Marc McElwee in 1974 to produce Travis Bean Guitars and set up his factory in Sun Valley, California.

"Music Icons" event provided a unique opportunity for fans to acquire pieces of music history. From the King of Pop to country music royalty and pop culture sensations, the auction showcased the diverse and timeless appeal of music memorabilia, reinforcing the lasting impact of these iconic artists on generations of fans worldwide.

Dolly Parton on Stage



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