Philip Weiss Auctions in Oceanside, N.Y. is featuring Hollywood and rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia in an auction starting at 10 a.m. tomorrow.
The event will include Part 3 of the late Lester Glassner massive collection of Hollywood memorabilia with numerous additions, altogether featuring thousands of movie stills plus a collection of movie posters and lobby cards. Among the posters are insert posters for Son Of Dracula (1943) and The Return Of The Vampire (1943); lobby cards include The Wolf Man (1948), Superman And The Mole Men (1951) and The Thing From Another World (1951).
One-sheet posters will also be auctioned and include a rare Seven Footprints To Satan (1929), G-Men vs. The Black Dragon (1943), The Invisible Man (1951), Terror From The Year 5,000 (1958) and Charlie Chan And The Golden Ring (1934).
Additionally, the original two-piece costume worn by Captain Kangaroo‘s Bob Keeshan will be on the block, as will as an Angelina Jolie necklace and Sammy Davis Jr. Swank cufflinks set. Books, magazines, issues of TV Guide, Walt Disney posters and a Wanted Dead Or Alive dart gun target set in its original box picturing Steve McQueen will also be offered along with other movie, TV and celebrity promotional materials and collectibles.
On the rock ‘n’ roll side, Gary Butts’ signed artist’s proof poster for a 1968 Janis Joplin concert in Schenectady N.Y. will be offered, with his annotation that less than 35 posters were pulled from the screen. According to rock ‘n’ roll auction curator Gary Sohmers, such silkscreened posters with “split fountain” color print style are considered to be works of fine art.
“This is an extremely fabulous representation of the era and the art style featuring a musical icon,” says Sohmers, also rock ‘n’ roll auction curator of AllCollectors.com and now appearing in his 14th season on the PBS-TV program Antiques Roadshow.
Sohmers adds: “Memorabilia from iconic musicians of the 1950s and ’60s remain great investments–with prices still reasonable on items that will soon be considered extremely rare–as new generations embrace that music, the people, the lifestyle, the art and the culture.”
The Beatles will be represented with an authenticated 1962 set of autographs with Ringo Starr on the back of a photograph including original drummer Pete Best, a promotional poster for John Lennon’s Imagine album, a set of Car Mascots Bobblehead Nodders and a typed and signed letter by John Lennon and Yoko Ono, among other Beatles collectibles.
“The Beatles continue to sell product, get licensees and make headlines 40 years after they called it quits, and that creates demand for the historic artifacts,” notes Sohmers. “Since the marketplace is flooded with fake and fraudulent Beatles autographs, collectors and investors seek quality authenticated signatures with a ‘Fab’ story attached.”
Last year Weiss auctioned Elvis Presley’s signed original contract to purchase Graceland, from 1957. This year the auction’s Presley items include the original purchase and sale documents for him to buy his first home in Memphis in 1956–signed by him and his mother and father. There is also a rare acetate recording of Presley’s “Blue Suede Shoes.”
“Elvis Presley bought his first home in Memphis with the money he made on his hit single ‘That’s Alright, Mama’–but he needed his Mama and Papa to cosign the note for the purchase!” says Sohmers.
He also says that the event will have many items originating from New York.
“New York has been the center of pop music since music became popular, and numerous collectors strictly collect New York-related objects such as Fillmore East and Woodstock [memorabilia],” Sohmers explains.
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