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Top 5: Signed Items from Music Icons

Specialist picks from the Music Icons auction

March 2, 2024

A selection of signed objects from the Music Icons auction on February 27.

A Spalding baseball signed by all four of The Beatles - George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and Ringo Starr.

The Beatles performed their final concert in the United States at Candlestick Park (the former home of the Giants) in San Francisco, California on August 29, 1966. The baseball stadium was later demolished in 2015. The Beatles signed the baseball for stadium employee Mike Murphy, who was the Giants' clubhouse assistant manager in 1966 and remained a part of the Giants baseball organization as a senior advisor until he retired in 2023.

After the concert, Murphy gifted the baseball to his sister Anna, who later sold it to collector Terry Flores. More than 50 years later, with professional restoration to Starr’s signature for preservation, the ball has been stored and protected from light and maintains in its current condition.

Accompanied by a Letter of Authenticity from Flores, outlining the history of the baseball, and a Certificate of Authenticity from Tracks Ltd., signed by Paul Wane.

3 inches

A record album of The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan (Columbia, 1963) signed by Bob Dylan. The name of the previous owner has been scribbled over in black marker on the B-side label.

12.5 x 12.5 inches (overall)

An autograph book that once belonged to Rita Krast of Tottenham, London, containing signatures from circa 1960s, including members of The Rolling Stones. Keith Richards and Charlie Watts' signatures on one page; Mick Jagger, Brian Jones, and Bill Wyman's signatures on the facing page.

Other signatures include Cilla Black, Adam Faith, Marianne Faithfull, Frank Ifield (twice), Helen Shapiro, Anna Neagle Michael Bentine, and many others. Some inscribed, "To Rita."

The spine of the autograph book has deteriorated over time and is secured by a piece of Scotch tape. The interior pages are still adhered together, but as a whole are separated from both the front and back covers of the book.

4 x 4.75 x 0.5 inches

PROVENANCE Lot 122, "Pop Memorabilia," Christies (Sale 5676), South Kensington, London, May 5, 2005

A circa 2000s Bill Crook Custom Mini Strat style electric guitar, no serial number, in red finish.

The guitar is boldly signed on the body and pickguard by members of the band America, including: Dewey Bunnell, Gerry Beckley, Michael Woods, Willie Leacox, and Bradley Palmer. The signatures on the pickguard are protected by a sheet of clear coat acrylic with some remnants of black marker still present on the adherent from when the sheet was previously adjusted. The signatures themselves are still in good condition. Luthier Bill Crook was formerly a sound engineer for the band.

27 inches

A black leather jacket worn by Erik Turner in Warrant’s 1990 music video for “We Will Rock You.” Turner later signed the inside of the jacket in silver-tone marker. The designer label is not present, size M.

Accompanied by a Letter of Authenticity signed by Turner, stating that the jacket was purchased for the music video performance and also worn on stage, in photo shoots, and, for more than 20 years, to go out on the town.

PROVENANCE From The Collection of Erik Turner

Dolly Parton on Stage

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