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Auction Description for Profiles in History: Rock 'n' Roll Auction

Rock 'n' Roll Auction

by Profiles in History

Platinum House

224 lots with images

December 18, 2013

Live Auction

26901 Agoura Road

Suite 150

Calabasas Hills, CA, 91301 USA

Phone: 310-859-7701

Fax: 310-859-3842

Email: Info@profilesinhistory.com

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Woody Guthrie handwritten signed letter to Moe Asch of Folkways Records, written while Guthrie was serving in the U.S. military.

Lot 1: Woody Guthrie handwritten signed letter to Moe Asch of Folkways Records, written while Guthrie was serving in the U.S. military.

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Description: Woody Guthrie handwritten signed letter to Moe Asch of Folkways Records, written while Guthrie was serving in the U.S. military. 2-pages, 7.5 x 9.5 in., penned by Guthrie in neat cursive script to Moe Asch and others, from Scott Field, Illinois, 3505th AAFBU [Army Air Forces Base Units], October 8, 1945. Fine condition. Guthrie pens in full: “Dear Moe, Marion, Herb, Harris, Pop and Union Square in general, I know how it is to have north wind blow cold and pile snow in under your door. I never had a door that didn’t leak snow. The air strip here is on the north from up where the wind is born and it hits my barracks and my bed first of all the other ones down here. Marjorie says she has dropped in on you a few times. I’m glad, she said that she got a look at the cover of American Document # One. She said that she likes it. I thought I would get a two week furlough before I get sent on to my next job for the army. Instead I’m getting out on account of so many wives and kids, some time around December. (Then I can hit you up for work. I’ll be a real genuine legal World War Two veteran.) Today I’m in 5 months. Gosh. Don’t seem that long ago does it? I’ve not let my spring run down any since I’m here. I didn’t do any professed appearances, but played plenty in the barracks and met a well needed rest. The little vacation has sobered and pepped me up considerable and caused my guitar to play better. I’ve turned out to date (12) twelve more personal experience ballads taken from the most hottest spots in the war. Two or three I am pretty sure you will like, and several you will back over in the corner to shy away from. I am going down to some studio here in Saint Louis and record some samples to send out to Earl Robinson to use Oct. 30th in his festival for the musicians Congress. (Hollywood). Earl is doing some movie about California History. His wife Helen lost a baby through a miscarriage. A bad thing to happen. What will the number of my ballads be by the time I get back I do not know. The stories are all factual war experiences and I worked from papers and magazines. You may remember the lady Doctor Betty that had eight brothers and sisters all doctors and a deathbed request from their old father, a coal company doctor, ‘Don’t ever let these coal town people down,’ well the tale you’ll hear soon enough. No use to go into it here. I’m the official sign painter here for squadron L, yes, after so many hard weeks to get to be a teletype operator, I turn out to be a Sign Writer. But I like to try to write signs of the times. My brother six years in the Navy, George, is a Sign Painter and all around painter. So if you got any painting you need done just call us Guthrie boys. I just wrote you this note to see if you’re still alive. To wish you the best of luck in your ventures into the grass roots of folk songs and folk lore. Woody Guthrie.” 

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Woody Guthrie handwritten signed letter to Moe Asch regarding

Lot 2: Woody Guthrie handwritten signed letter to Moe Asch regarding "Boogie at the Philharmonic."

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Description: Woody Guthrie handwritten signed letter to Moe Asch regarding “Boogie at the Philharmonic.” 1-page, 8.5 x 11 in., in ink, dated July 30, 1946, written to Moses “Moe” Asch, founder of Asch Records which later became Folkways Records, the label instrumental in bringing folk music into the American cultural mainstream. Paper is very thin; exhibits chipping on edges. The letter reads, in full: “I’m listening to your album, ‘Boogie at the Philharmonic’. Cathy is asleep with the bed full of clay, dolls, and stuff of all kind. Marjorie is at the movie house. And Mead Lux Louis is taking me on back down across the country to a place I’ve been before. I’m listening to some of the best Boogie beating I ever heard before. Really ace high. I only wish I had a player that would play a dozen of Mead Lux’s pieces without me ever leaving to jump up and change every record. Mead’s hand walks and talks on that keyboard. His boogie has hit me harder than any I’ve heard so far. If somebody can beat him I’ve just not heard them. You got a good studio tone in your records here. Only four songs, though. I would like an even dozen. He’s as good at Boogie as the Gospel Keys are at $pirituals. He’s the top, the tar roof, the brush arbor, the cedar grove king. He’s the Leadbelly of that piano. I like your ‘Fast Boog’ best of all. It seems to stand up and come off better. Easier for me to hear. We need more. Woody Guthrie.”

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Woody Guthrie typed lyrics to seven songs, some unpublished, sent to Moe Asch of Folkways Records.

Lot 3: Woody Guthrie typed lyrics to seven songs, some unpublished, sent to Moe Asch of Folkways Records.

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Description: Woody Guthrie typed lyrics to seven songs, some unpublished, sent to Moe Asch of Folkways Records. Typed unsigned musical lyrics to seven songs, 4-pages, 8.5 x 14 in., dated between March 25 – 31, 1946, CINYC (Coney Island, New York City). Accompanied with original transmittal envelope (postmarked April 7, 1946) penned entirely in Woody’s hand: “Asch $tudios / 117 W. 46 St., / New York City NY”. “from: Woody Guthrie / 3520 Mermaid Ave., / Brooklyn, 24, N.Y.” Horizontal folds with light soiling. The songs include, “Rug Wearing Out”, “Guilty”, “Wet Music” , “Sleeping Time”, “Mud Duck” ,“Tar Rooftops” and “Here In My Flesh.”

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Woody Guthrie typed signed manuscript for his unpublished song

Lot 4: Woody Guthrie typed signed manuscript for his unpublished song "Bugeye Jim."

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Description: Woody Guthrie typed signed manuscript for his unpublished song “Bugeye Jim.” Typed manuscript signed “Woody Guthrie”, 1-page, 8.5 x 14 in., dated April 30, 1946, Coney Island, New York. Includes the note “not move” in his hand, in ink, and overwritten on type. Exhibits handling with minor chips on edges, with horizontal fold and creasing on corners. “Bugeye Jim” was recorded by Woody for his publisher using a portable reel-to-reel recorder. It was never published commercially. Billy Bragg & Wilco recorded it for a cover album. After the lyrics, Woody writes in part: “I told Marjorie this night that the reason why I wrote this old song up with these new words was to show a kind of change that these old songs are always going through . . . New models of old clothes and cars come out every little while. Make it this way when you sing your songs. Make them up and shake them up. And don’t ever pass up a chance to snap at a biscuit.”

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Woody Guthrie lists 50 songs, presumably for a songbook.

Lot 5: Woody Guthrie lists 50 songs, presumably for a songbook.

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Description: Woody Guthrie lists 50 songs, presumably for a songbook. Typed unsigned manuscript, 2-pages, 8.5 x 11 in., no place or date. Exhibits handling and minor soiling; three-hole punches on margin are torn. The typed listing, entitled “FIFTY SONGS”, features wife Marjorie Guthrie’s handwriting in pencil next to each song title, categorizing each. The songs and notes appear to be a listing for a songbook. Songs listed have either “(*) for Original or (#) for Folk Songs My Version”. At the bottom in ink, “X – means ‘MUST GO IN’” and “— means ‘REPLACE’” are in Woody Guthrie’s hand. On verso, Woody has written, “End of The Line”. Below which, Marjorie has penciled a list of “Songs Marjorie wants” which are to be added to the x’s stated on the front.

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1956 unused Elvis Presley concert ticket and souvenir program.

Lot 6: 1956 unused Elvis Presley concert ticket and souvenir program.

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Description: 1956 unused Elvis Presley concert ticket and souvenir program. 5 x 2 in. unused concert ticket and 8.5 x 11 in. souvenir program for a live show held at Hobart Arena in Troy, Ohio at 8PM on Saturday, November 24th, 1956. Admission was only $2. The ticket features a black & white image of Elvis singing above the caption, “Elvis Presley Sensational new RCA - Victor Star – In Person”. The ticket number: 3172, is stamped on one end. This ticket is handsomely matted and framed with an Elvis Presley souvenir program, which is also in fine condition. Attached to the verso of the frame is a sleeve containing a photocopy of the original ticket envelope with a handwritten note, “Elvis Presley at Troy on Nov. 24, 1956 / Didn’t get to go after all.”

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Elvis Presley signed photograph.

Lot 7: Elvis Presley signed photograph.

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Description: Elvis Presley signed photograph. Black and white 8 x 10 in. matte, head and shoulders photo of a young Elvis Presley. Printed on the photograph in lower right in white negative image is Elvis’ signature. Presley has also signed, by hand, in blue pen on the right side of the image, “Elvis Presley”. A clean and boldly autographed photo of the “King of Rock & Roll”.

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Vintage Elvis Presley TV Guide.

Lot 8: Vintage Elvis Presley TV Guide.

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Description: Vintage Elvis Presley TV Guide. September 1956 copy of TV Guide featuring a full color head and shoulders photo image of Elvis Presley crooning into a period studio microphone. The headline reads, “The Plain Truth About Elvis”, and the cover price of the day was a mere 15 cents. This TV Guide has been graded “9 - in mint condition” and is presented in a vacuum formed protective blister pack.

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Vintage white Elvis Presley school binder.

Lot 9: Vintage white Elvis Presley school binder.

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Description: Vintage white Elvis Presley school binder. (1956) White vinyl 3-ring school binder with zippered cover, featuring the image of Presley singing and surrounded by classic Elvis images, including: a jukebox, blue suede shoes, a hound dog and a pink Cadillac. Above “The King’s” head, spelled out amidst a cloud of musical notes is, “Rock n’ Roll”. Interior of the folder contains pockets, a zippered pouch and a plastic window for display of I.D. In good condition.

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Vintage blue Elvis Presley school binder.

Lot 10: Vintage blue Elvis Presley school binder.

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Description: Vintage blue Elvis Presley school binder. (1956) Baby-blue vinyl 3-ring school binder with zippered cover, featuring the image of Elvis gyrating wearing a green suit while playing a pink guitar and singing. A vinyl record spins behind him and musical staff and notes spell out the title, “Love Me Tender”. “Sincerely Elvis Presley” is printed at the bottom of the folder. With pocket and zippered pouch inside. In good condition.

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1956 Elvis Presley handwritten signed letter to a fan.

Lot 11: 1956 Elvis Presley handwritten signed letter to a fan.

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Description: 1956 Elvis Presley handwritten signed letter to a fan. 1-page, 6.25 x 9 in., on “Elvis Presley Fan Club National Headquarters” (Memphis, TN) stamped stationery, dated January 18, 1956, with the original hand-addressed, stamped and canceled transmittal envelope, addressed to “Miss Caroline Jeannette Helms, 2211 South Market Street, Chattanooga 8, Tennessee,” stamped with “Elvis Presley Fan Club National Headquarters, 160 Union, Memphis, Tenn.” at the upper left-hand corner. Letter exhibits minor soiling and original folds. Housed in a custom leather and cloth slipcase. Elvis Presley has handwritten in blue pen, in full: “January 18, 1956 / Hello Caroline / Thanks loads for your flattering letter. I’ve just come back from cutting my next record in Nashville. It will be released Jan 30th after my first appearance on Jackie Gleason’s TV show – the 28th. I’ll probably sing one side of the new release then. I don’t think Bob [Bob Neal of the William Morris Agency] has me booked for Grand Ole Opry for a long time yet. If you’ll send 25c I’ll be glad to autograph and mail you a picture as soon as a fresh supply arrives. Have lots of mail to answer so – bye for now – Elvis Presley” On January 10-11, 1956, just a week before this letter was written, Presley had recorded his first RCA sessions in Nashville, Tennessee. His first cut was a cover of Ray Charles’ “I Got a Woman”. Second cut was his new song, “Heartbreak Hotel”, which was released January 30, 1956, following its first performance during Presley’s U.S. network TV debut on January 28th. William Morris Agency, booked Presley into the first of 6 weekly guest slots (for $1,250.00 each) on Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey-hosted “Stage Show”, which aired live from New York on CBS. He performed “Heartbreak Hotel” and a cover of Carl Perkins’ “Blue Suede Shoes”. Recording sessions continued after his TV appearance (ending February 1st); Presley recorded his own version of “Blue Suede Shoes”, plus even more tracks for his debut album. There were also cover versions of Little Richard’s “Tutti Frutti” and The Drifters’ “Money Honey”. The song “Heartbreak Hotel”, written by Mae Boren Axton (mother of Hoyt Axton), debuted on the U.S. charts in March, 1956; topping the charts for 8 weeks, and becoming Presley’s first million-seller.

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Elvis Presley's custom-made diamond and platinum wedding ring for his marriage to Priscilla.

Lot 12: Elvis Presley's custom-made diamond and platinum wedding ring for his marriage to Priscilla.

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Description: Elvis Presley’s custom-made diamond and platinum wedding ring for his marriage to Priscilla. This is Elvis’ wedding ring from his marriage to Priscilla Ann Beaulieu at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas on Monday, May 1, 1967. The platinum wedding ring was custom-made for Elvis Presley by Harry Levitch to Elvis’ specifications. The ¾ in. wide platinum band (size 8.5) is decorated by three rows of set diamonds. The center row features eight baguette-cut diamonds within a border of two rows of eight, full-cut, round brilliant diamonds (“8” was Elvis’ lucky number). Total weight of the twenty-four diamonds is approx. 1.65 cts. U.S. Army private (and “King of Rock ’n’ Roll”) Elvis Presley first met 14-year-old Priscilla, step-daughter of a U.S. Air Force officer, in Germany in 1959. What followed was a seven-year courtship, which ultimately led to the wedding arranged by Elvis’ manager Colonel Parker to maximize publicity. Sadly, after only six years of marriage, Elvis and Priscilla Presley divorced on October 9, 1973. Subsequently, Elvis gave this ring to his stepbrother David Stanley and his wife Angie at Graceland on August 6, 1977 with his wish that it would bring them happiness in their own failing marriage. Ten days later, on August 16th, 1977 Elvis Presley, “The King” of Rock & Roll”, was dead. The ring is in worn, very good to fine condition and is accompanied by (8) LOA’s including: (2) from Harry Levitch, Elvis’ jeweler, (1) from Joe Esposito, close friend and best man at Elvis’ wedding, (1) from George Klein, schoolmate and pallbearer at Elvis’ funeral, (2) from Angela Ford, who, with her husband David Stanley, was personally given the ring by Elvis, (1) from Richard E. Davis, of the Elvis Presley Museum and (1) COA from the Elvis Presley Museum signed by museum President and Chairman, Jimmy Velvet. Also includes: (3) photographs of Elvis wearing the ring, one while on stage; the other two being candid shots. A one-of-a-kind, extremely intimate piece, symbolizing this storied and tumultuous chapter in the Elvis Presley legacy, with extraordinary documentation. Provenance: Butterfield & Butterfield “The Elvis Presley Museum Collection,” June 18 & 19, 1994, Lot 492.

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Elvis Presley bubble gum card wax pack with store display box.

Lot 13: Elvis Presley bubble gum card wax pack with store display box.

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Description: Elvis Presley bubble gum card wax pack with store display box. (1956) 8 x 2 x 3.5 in. empty store display box for Elvis bubble gum card packs and one unopened graded “8 (NM-MT)” wax pack of Elvis Presley bubble gum and trading cards. The red, white, baby blue and yellow cardboard box doubles as a foldout, store counter display with various black & white images of Elvis playing guitar and smiling. Box exhibits some fading and mild wear and creasing but remains solid and in fair condition. Accompanying card and wrapper in very good condition sealed in Global Authentication blister pack.

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Elvis Presley signed movie contract page.

Lot 14: Elvis Presley signed movie contract page.

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Description: Elvis Presley signed movie contract page. (1961) 1-page 8.5 x 11 in. final page of a movie contract between Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. and Elvis Presley. Dated “3-15-61”. Of the two films attributed to Elvis in 1961, Wild In The Country and Blue Hawaii, it is likely this contract was associated with Blue Hawaii as it was signed on March 15th, just three days before Elvis arrived in Hawaii (March 18th) to prepare for a charity concert held on March 25th. He also began recording in the studio for the Blue Hawaii soundtrack on March 21st and three weeks later completed location filming in Hawaii. Wild In The Country began filming previously in 1960 and wrapped in January of 1961. The printed contract page reads, in part: “9. Agency… 10. Law Governing Contract… 1. Captions... Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.” Signed in black pen, “S. N. Rittenberg” Assistant Secretary. “Approved and Accepted:” signed in blue pen, “Elvis Presley”. Marked “Exhibit AA” and numbered “-13-” at the bottom of the page. With two-hole punches at the top of page and pinholes in upper corners. Mild creasing. In overall, very good condition.

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Elvis Presley as

Lot 15: Elvis Presley as "Pacer Burton" production-made vest for Flaming Star.

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Description: Elvis Presley as “Pacer Burton” production-made vest for Flaming Star. (TCF, 1960) Custom-made leather, western-style vest for Elvis Presley as “Pacer Burton” in Flaming Star. The dark brown leather vest is lined in bright crimson satin fabric. With front zippered closure. Internal Western Costume bias label with printed “2508 - #2 / Elvis Presley / Chest: 42”. Made for, but not ultimately seen in the film. Flaming Star was a drama marking what is considered by many to be one of Elvis’ finest acting roles. Andy Warhol created his infamous double and triple Elvis paintings using a still from this film. Includes a photocopy reference image of Presley wearing the vest. Some minor soiling to outer front leather panels of the vest. Otherwise, in very good condition.

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Elvis Presley ornate stage-worn belt.

Lot 16: Elvis Presley ornate stage-worn belt.

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Description: Elvis Presley ornate stage-worn belt. This is Elvis Presley’s custom-made concert-worn costume belt worn with his black “Conquistador” jumpsuit in his November 1972 performance in Hawaii. Consisting of a 38 in. long x 5 in. wide black leather belt elaborately ornamented with gold metal Hawaiian Tiki idols set within five golden buckle-style frames with red velvet inlay backing. The belt also features decorative copper studs, metal filigree, sunburst medallions and square black beveled crystals, which line the top and bottom edge as well as the buckle portion of the belt. Loops of braided golden chain hang from brass eyelets at the bottom edge of the belt. A front loop and hook closure secures the belt shut. With some age and wear and minor damage to filigree and five crystals missing near the buckle portion. Some loose paneling. Overall, in good condition. Accompanied by (2) photos of “The King” wearing this spectacular belt on stage. This belt was given to Ann Pennington (the former Mrs. Shaun Cassidy) when she and Elvis dated. Provenance: Odyssey Auctions, May 16 & 17, 1993, Lot 92.

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Elvis Presley signed personal Driver's License.

Lot 17: Elvis Presley signed personal Driver's License.

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Description: Elvis Presley signed personal Driver’s License. (1971) 3 x 2.5 in. Elvis’ drivers license reads, in full: “Tennessee Operator License / License No. 2571459 / Expiration Date 01/08/71 / Height 600 / Weight 170 / Eyes Bl / Hair Bk / R W / S M / Date of Birth 01/08/35 / Issue Date 11/25/68 / Presley Elvis A / 3764 HWY 51 S / Memphis Tenn”. The card is signed “Elvis A. Presley” at the bottom of the card. The signature is faded and obscured as the entire 3-leaf card exhibits severe water damage. The license was gifted by Elvis himself to his sister-in-law Angela Stanley, wife of his stepbrother William Stanley. Accompanied by an LOA from the Stanley family.

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Elvis Presley owner's manual for his 1970 Mercedes 280 SEL.

Lot 18: Elvis Presley owner's manual for his 1970 Mercedes 280 SEL.

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Description: Elvis Presley owner’s manual for his 1970 Mercedes 280 SEL. Personal owner’s manual for Elvis’ 1970 Mercedes 280 SEL, comes complete with its original factory plastic case. Including worldwide and US directories of Mercedes-Benz service centers, a 236-page parts catalog, a 40,000 mile warranty certificate for the cars’ Michelin tires, instruction card for changing a tire, catalog of Mercedes Benz brand cleaning and maintenance products, safety pamphlet, KM maintenance stickers and other documents. Some separation of seams on the plastic casing. Manuals and documents show signs of age and wear. In overall good condition. Accompanied by a COA from the Elvis Presley Museum.

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Elvis Presley's metal Kenpo Karate Association card.

Lot 19: Elvis Presley's metal Kenpo Karate Association card.

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Description: Elvis Presley’s metal Kenpo Karate Association card. (1972) 3.5 x 2.25 in. personal brass membership card. Stamped with membership info and etched with Elvis’ name, rank and date. The card reads, in full: “This is to certify that Elvis Presley is a member of the International Kenpo Karate Association and is entitled with the rank of 5th Black Belt date Feb. 23, 1972 Ed Parker President” facsimile signature. The card also features a graphic of the Kenpo Karate insignia with Chinese characters and a tiger. The card has some scratching to the surface but not obscuring any information. In overall, good condition. The card was gifted by Elvis himself to his sister-in-law Angela Stanley, wife of his stepbrother William Stanley. Accompanied by an LOA from the Stanley family.

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Elvis and Priscilla Presley 1972 Marital Termination Agreement signed by both.

Lot 20: Elvis and Priscilla Presley 1972 Marital Termination Agreement signed by both.

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Description: Elvis and Priscilla Presley 1972 Marital Termination Agreement signed by both. 9-page, 8.5 x 13 in. printed document, dated August 15, 1972; signed by both, “Elvis Aaron Presley” in black ink and “Priscilla Ann Presley” in blue ink on page nine. Additionally, page 2 and 3 have been initialed in the margins “E.A.P.” in black ink by Elvis Presley, the first being an acceptance to a provision regarding child support and the second being an acceptance to a provision regarding spousal support. The document stresses the fact that, “the parties wish to avoid unnecessary litigation and the emotional stress and expense which would accompany same, and to resolve the matters of child custody, child support and to forever, finally and completely settle all their rights to spousal support...this Marital Settlement Agreement is intended to be a final, binding and non-modifiable agreement between the parties.” The reason given for the divorce, as stated within, is “Unfortunate circumstances and unhappy differences have arisen between the parties by reason of which they have lived separate and apart since February 23, 1972, and by reason of which they intend to dissolve their marriage through a Petition therefore to be filed by Husband in the Los Angeles Superior Court.” The document exhibits 2-hole punches at the top and a number of staple holes along the top edge. One central fold on all pages; overall, in very good to fine condition. Housed in a custom leather and cloth slipcase.

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Elvis Presley signature

Lot 21: Elvis Presley signature "TCB" gold sunglasses.

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Description: Elvis Presley signature “TCB” gold sunglasses. A pair of Elvis Presley’s custom-made, signature Nautica brand “TCB” sunglasses. The burnished gold metal frames measure 6 x 2 in. on the face with aviator-style, non-prescription amber lenses, and 5 in. long temples measuring .75 in. at the widest point, which meets the hinges. The gold letters “TCB” boldly ornament the temple stems on both sides. Left temple verso is stamped “Neostyle”, “Made in Germany” and “140”. Right side temple verso is stamped “140”, “Nautic” and “822”. With curved brown plastic temple tips. The “TCB Band” formed the core rhythm section of Elvis Presley’s band from August 1969 until his death in 1977. The initials “TCB” stand for “Taking Care of Business”, a personal motto Presley adopted in the early 1970s. These heavy glasses are in worn, very good condition and are accompanied by (2) COAs including: (1) notarized letter of authenticity from the consignor stating the glasses originated from Elvis’ personal security guard, Jack Carter, whom Elvis gifted the glasses and (1) COA from The Odyssey Group.

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Lot 22: Elvis Presley's personal "TCB" gold pendant necklace.

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Description: Elvis Presley’s personal “TCB” gold pendant necklace. Elvis Presley’s personally worn “TCB” pendant necklace featuring a 14K yellow gold pendant designed as a lightning bolt surmounted by the initials “TCB” attached to a 24 in. 14K yellow gold, rope chain necklace. Elvis had these pendants designed and made for members of his “Memphis Mafia” as a symbol of their motto “Taking Care of Business”. This “TCB” necklace was worn by Elvis himself and given to Jack Carter, Elvis’ security guard (1975-1976). Designed by Sol Schwartz, this represents one of Elvis’ first “TCB” necklaces. Necklace is accompanied by (2) COAs including: (1) notarized letter of authenticity from the consignor stating the glasses originated from Jack Carter, Elvis’ personal security guard, and (1) COA from The Odyssey Group.

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Elvis Presley stage-worn Hebrew Chai charm necklace.

Lot 23: Elvis Presley stage-worn Hebrew Chai charm necklace.

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Description: Elvis Presley stage-worn Hebrew Chai charm necklace. (c. 1970s) A heavy 24 in. long gold rope chain with barrel clasp and a 1.5 x 1.25 in. Chai symbol pendant attached. Elvis read a multitude of religious and philosophical books, which lead him to wear a variety of symbolic jewelry. His feelings were that he didn’t want to not make it into heaven on a technicality, so he covered all bases. The necklace was originally gifted by Presley to his bodyguard Al Strada in the 70s; subsequently traded to Elvis’ Uncle Earl Pritchett, for a watch and then passed down to Pritchett’s daughter Donna Presley Early. The pendant was next given to Andylon Lenson of the Netherlands in 1997 and ultimately purchased by Chris Davidson owner of the Elvis-A-Rama Museum in Las Vegas where the piece was on public display from the museum’s opening in 1999 until the museum closed in 2006. The necklace is accompanied by an LOA from Chris Davidson.

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Elvis Presley personal guitar pick.

Lot 24: Elvis Presley personal guitar pick.

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Description: Elvis Presley personal guitar pick. Faux tortoise shell Fender brand guitar pick. The 1.25 x 1.25 in. Elvis pick is presented in a deluxe wooden gold gilt frame with black shadow box matting and inset miniature gilt frames around the guitar pick itself and an accompanying 4.5 x 2.5 in. image of Elvis playing guitar. Comes with a COA from the Elvis Presley Museum. Ready for display.

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1977 Elvis Presley monogrammed guitar pick.

Lot 25: 1977 Elvis Presley monogrammed guitar pick.

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Description: 1977 Elvis Presley monogrammed guitar pick. Faux tortoise shell, 1.75 x 2 in. triangular plastic, guitar pick. This guitar pick features the embossed white monogrammed initials, “E. P.” for Elvis Presley. A piece of “the King’s” musical legacy. In very good condition. Comes with a COA from Presley Enterprises, Graceland.

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Elvis Presley's Martin D-28 stage-used guitar with photographs and video.

Lot 26: Elvis Presley's Martin D-28 stage-used guitar with photographs and video.

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Description: Elvis Presley’s Martin D-28 stage-used guitar with photographs and video. During the 1970s Elvis played this Martin D-28 guitar (serial number 296978) on and off stage.  Extremely well documented, this guitar was given by Elvis to Norman Taurog at Elvis’ Beverly Hills home in the 1970s. Taurog directed Elvis in nine of his films including G.I. Blues, Blue Hawaii, It Happened at the World’s Fair and Speedway.  Comes with a signed LOA by Norman’s son, Jonathan Taurog, and a DVD of a home movie shot by Elvis’ record producer, Felton Jarvis, showing Elvis playing this guitar on stage during a concert.  Also included are ten color photographs documenting Elvis playing this guitar on stage. Exhibits use from play. Guitar remains in fine condition and includes its original Martin guitar case. Special shipping arrangements will apply.

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Roy Orbison signed

Lot 27: Roy Orbison signed "The Classic Roy Orbison" album.

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Description: Roy Orbison signed “The Classic Roy Orbison” album. (MGM Records, 1966) 12.5 x 12.25 in. album jacket. Orbison has inscribed and signed the album cover on the verso in red pen: “To Michael and Norma from Roy Orbison”. The LP, in original paper sleeve, shows little signs of wear and use and remains in near fine condition. The cover is in very good condition with some corner bumping and surface rubbing. Accompanied by PSA/DNA authentication sticker on the back cover and LOA.

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Buddy Holly and The Crickets signed publicity photograph.

Lot 28: Buddy Holly and The Crickets signed publicity photograph.

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Description: Buddy Holly and The Crickets signed publicity photograph. (c. 1950s) 3.5 x 5.5 in. postcard-style handbill featuring Holly and his band The Crickets, which included Jerry Allison (drums) and Joe Mauldin (rhythm guitar), posed together in a fantastic black and white image. Signed in black ink by Holly and Allison at the upper corners, and by Joe Mauldin in blue ink at the lower margin. The verso is printed with a listing of their discography, including “Maybe Baby”, “That’ll Be the Day”, and “Peggy Sue”. A rare collection of rock ‘n roll signatures, featuring Holly’s very scarce autograph. In near fine condition.

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Carl Perkins handwritten signed personal letter to The Beatles.

Lot 29: Carl Perkins handwritten signed personal letter to The Beatles.

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Description: Carl Perkins handwritten signed personal letter to The Beatles. 1-page, 5.5 x 7.25 in. green notepaper. Undated. Includes original matching transmittal envelope hand-addressed to, “The Beatles” from Perkin’s Jackson, TN address. Carl Perkins writes, in blue pen, in full:“Hi Fellows, A note to say congratulations to your success here in the states. I admire your work very much. Through the grape vine, I’ve heard some nice things you boys have said about me. I deeply appreciate that. Along with this note are a few songs I have written and I’d like very much for you to listen to. Nothing would make me any happier than to have you fellows cut one of my songs. I’ll be in your wonderful country in May. Here’s hoping I’ll get to meet you all in person. Your friend Carl Perkins” While the letter is undated, The Beatles did cover a number of Perkin’s songs appearing beginning with “Matchbox” on their “Long Tall Sally” EP in 1964 and ending with, “Lend Me Your Comb” on The Beatles “Anthology 1” in 1995. The letter retains original folds. Both letter and transmittal envelope exhibit some age, minor soiling and mild toning. Overall, in good condition.

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Autograph book signed by Rock & Roll and sports personalities including The Beatles, The Searchers and others.

Lot 30: Autograph book signed by Rock & Roll and sports personalities including The Beatles, The Searchers and others.

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Description: Autograph book signed by Rock & Roll and sports personalities including The Beatles, The Searchers and others. Vintage autograph album, 24-page, multi-color paper leaves with 12 sides signed by Rock & Roll stars and sports teams. First page is printed with “This autograph album belongs to:” and is filled in by original album owner. Signatures include: The Beatles, signed in pen, “Paul McCartney”, “George Harrison”, “John Lennon” and “Ringo Starr”. 20+ autographs from the Dundee Football Club including, “Alistar Donaldson”, “Bobby Cox” and others. The Searchers: “John McNally”, “Mike Pender”. 14+ Celtic Football Club autographs including: “Jan Young”, “Bobby Rooney” and others. “Linda Ludgrove” (swimmer) and 7 others. Over 60+ signatures in all. In vintage good condition.

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Vintage Herman's Hermits signed publicity photo.

Lot 31: Vintage Herman's Hermits signed publicity photo.

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Description: Vintage Herman’s Hermits signed publicity photo. 13.5 x 10.75 in. black and white signed publicity photo of one of the first “British invasion” pop bands of the early 1960s, Herman’s Hermits. The band enjoyed several big hits in the U.S., including 1965’s “I’m Into Something Good” and their cover of “Wonderful World.” Photo features the whole band on director’s chairs and with canvas backs with their respective names printed on them. Each member has signed near their image. The photo is inscribed to “Arthur Lubin”. In vintage good condition.

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The Beatles rare promo photograph signed by all four band members with Pete Best's image, but Ringo Starr's autograph.

Lot 32: The Beatles rare promo photograph signed by all four band members with Pete Best's image, but Ringo Starr's autograph.

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Description: The Beatles rare promo photograph signed by all four band members with Pete Best’s image, but Ringo Starr’s autograph. Approx. 6.5 x 4.75 in., oblong, very early black and white publicity image featuring Paul McCartney, Pete Best, George Harrison and John Lennon, each dressed in dark suit and tie with “The Beatles” printed beneath the image. On verso, each member has penned in blue ink, but with Ringo Starr signing instead of Pete Best, “To Brenda love from John Lennon XXXX”, “To Brenda love Paul McCartney XXX”, “and Ringo Starr [with star symbol] Drums xxx” and “To Brenda love from George Harrison XXXXX”. This piece comes with a letter of authenticity by noted Beatles expert, Frank Caiazzo, who states that there are “less than a handful” of these promotional photos extant depicting Pete Best in the photo, yet signed by his replacement Ringo Starr. Small tape remnant covers the “T” in “To” by Lennon. Otherwise, in fine condition.

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Set of (4) Beatles figures with replacement instruments.

Lot 33: Set of (4) Beatles figures with replacement instruments.

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Description: Set of (4) Beatles figures with replacement instruments. A complete set of (4) hollow rubber 1960s plastic Beatles caricature figures, each with synthetic mop-top hair. While the 4 in. figures are vintage originals, their extremely hard-to-find original instruments have been replaced with modern reproductions. The set remains a terrific display piece for The Beatles collector. With minor rubbing to some paint on extremities. In very good condition.

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(2) The Beatles bubble gum trading cards store display boxes.

Lot 34: (2) The Beatles bubble gum trading cards store display boxes.

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Description: (2) The Beatles bubble gum trading cards store display boxes. (c. 1960s) Printed cardboard foldout, display-style counter boxes. (1) 8.75 x 3.75 x 2 in. box printed red with illustration of the faces of the “Fab Four” (1) 8 x 3.75 x 2 in. box printed in full color and also features the famous quartet beaming. Both boxes are empty. Exhibiting some age and minor wear. Both solid and in good condition.

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Vintage The Beatles

Lot 35: Vintage The Beatles "Flip Your Wig" Game.

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Description: Vintage The Beatles “Flip Your Wig” Game. (1964) Complete board game by Milton Bradley. Includes game directions box bottom insert featuring a color image of The Beatles. (1) Folding game board with a central picture of the band and with one of each of The Beatles’ faces in each corner of the board’s game spaces. (2) Red dice (4) 2.5 x 1.5 in. cardboard game tokens on multi-color plastic stands for moving around the board, each in the image of one of four Beatles (17) “Beatles” cards and (24) “Flip Your Wig” cards. Components are all in very good, used condition. Box lid exhibits some fading, soiling, tape remnants and separation at three of the four corners. Previous owner has written her name, in blue pen, in the upper right hand margin of the box face. Overall, in fair condition.

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The Beatles lunch box with thermos.

Lot 36: The Beatles lunch box with thermos.

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Description: The Beatles lunch box with thermos. Vintage metal 9 x 7 x 3.5 in. The Beatles lunch box, featuring embossed portraits of the “Fab Four” on the front lid and the entire band playing on stage on the back of the box. There are printed facsimile autographs on the top and under the faces of the band. More portraits and instruments are depicted on the sides of the box. The thermos remains intact. With signs of age, wear and some rubbing to edges. In vintage good condition.

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Vintage complete set of (4) The Beatles Bobbleheads figures.

Lot 37: Vintage complete set of (4) The Beatles Bobbleheads figures.

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Description: Vintage complete set of (4) The Beatles Bobbleheads figures. One of the most rare and desirable sets of bobbleheads ever made, this is a complete set featuring all four Beatles. Each 8 in. tall, painted plaster figure wears the iconic powder blue band suit and holds his respective instrument. Each figure stands on an integral painted gold base with their printed facsimile autograph on the front of the base. The spring-loaded heads nod as tightly as they did when they were first manufactured over 50 years ago. A beautiful set of desirable and much sought after figures. In fine condition.

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John Lennon Beatles vintage stage-worn D. A. Millings custom-made suit.

Lot 38: John Lennon Beatles vintage stage-worn D. A. Millings custom-made suit.

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Description: John Lennon Beatles vintage stage-worn D. A. Millings custom-made suit. (c. 1963) “The Fab Four” lads from Liverpool emerged in the 60s not only as Rock & Roll royalty, but as fashion trendsetters climbing to the top of the pop charts as clean-cut “Mods” in mop-top haircuts and signature tailored, collarless suits like this one. D.A. “Dougie” Millings and his son Gordon made over 500 suits for The Beatles for stage, screen, photo shoots, and personal use. Millings made high fashion suits for many high profile bands including The Kinks, The Rolling Stones and The Who even claiming the dubious distinction of having made the suit that Keith Moon died in. Considered The Beatles’ “house tailor” from 1962 – 1967, Dougie Millings (affectionately referred to as “Dad” by the band) even appears as a frustrated tailor attempting to measure the squirming boys in A Hard Days Night. This custom-made John Lennon stage-worn suit consists of (1) Beige wool collarless jacket, accented with black piping on edges and pockets, black interior lining and 3-button front closure and (1) Matching pair of beige, stovepipe pants with zipper front closure. This distinct collarless, slim-fitted suit design would become synonymous with the early look of The Beatles. Both garments retain the internal D. A. Millings & Son bias labels with handwritten “John Lennon / The Beatles”. Both garments remain in stage-worn, very good condition. Accompanied by an LOA from tailor Gordon Millings.

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Ringo Starr Beatles vintage stage-worn D. A. Millings custom-made suit.

Lot 39: Ringo Starr Beatles vintage stage-worn D. A. Millings custom-made suit.

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Description: Ringo Starr Beatles vintage stage-worn D. A. Millings custom-made suit. (c. 1963) “The Fab Four” lads from Liverpool emerged in the 60s not only as Rock & Roll royalty, but as fashion trendsetters climbing to the top of the pop charts as clean-cut “Mods” in mop-top haircuts and signature tailored, collarless suits like this one. In A Hard Days Night (1964), when a reporter asks Ringo if he’s a Mod or a Rocker, Starr replies, “I’m a Mocker”. D.A. “Dougie” Millings and his son Gordon made over 500 suits for The Beatles for stage, screen, photo shoots, and personal use. Considered The Beatles’ “house tailor” from 1962 – 1967, Dougie Millings (affectionately referred to as “Dad” by the band) even appears as a frustrated tailor attempting to measure the squirming boys in A Hard Days Night. This custom-made Ringo Starr stage-worn suit consists of (1) Beige wool collarless jacket, accented with black piping on edges and pockets, black interior lining and 3-button front closure and (1) Matching pair of beige, stovepipe pants with zipper front closure. This distinct collarless, slim-fitted suit design would become synonymous with the early look of The Beatles. Both garments retain the internal D. A. Millings & Son bias labels with handwritten “Ringo Starr / The Beatles”. Both garments remain in stage-worn, very good condition. Accompanied by an LOA from tailor Gordon Millings.

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Large assortment of The Beatles collectibles.

Lot 40: Large assortment of The Beatles collectibles.

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Description: Large assortment of The Beatles collectibles. Beatles memorabilia including: (2) “The Beatle Buddie’s Club” complete sets of four prints of oil paintings of each of the “Fab Four”, (3) monogrammed concert guitar picks (Harrison, McCartney and Ringo), (1) Beatles guitar key ring, (1) The Beatles hair brush, (1) 8 oz. container of Beatles soap bubbles, (1) complete set of four Beatles record charms on card, (1) complete set of rare Hard Days Night trading cards (with blank backs), (1) “Make a date with the Beatles” calendar/bank, (4) complete sets of Emirober Beatlemania figures, in original package, (1) Beatles sliding puzzle, (1) Beatles school ruler, (1) complete set of 9th Street East LTD “Authentic Mod Fashions” Beatles figures, (1) set of four Beatles “Live at the BBC” buttons on card, (1) full store display box of Beatles hair pomade, (1) set of four Beatles pewter head pins on card, (1) leather and brass Beatles pin on card, (1) Beatles bubble gum card wax pack unopened, (5) Beatles postage-style stamps, (1) strip of four small Beatles stickers, (13) assorted Beatles pins, (8) assorted lenticular Beatles rings, (2) Beatles wooden nickels, (1) WABC Beatles fan club card, (1) Beatles printed autograph card (1) Japanese “Beatles Go-Go” plastic carrying bag and (1) 1965 The Beatles “On location at Nassau” souvenir picture book in box. This is a magazine highlighting The Beatles’ stay in Nassau while filming their movie Help! Contains many black and white and color pictures, “Beatles Facts” and trivia. Some breaching to original packaging and some repackaging. All items are in vintage good condition with expected wear and age to items.

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The Beatles animation cel inscribed and signed by director Ron Campbell.

Lot 41: The Beatles animation cel inscribed and signed by director Ron Campbell.

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Description: The Beatles animation cel inscribed and signed by director Ron Campbell. (1965-1969, King Features) Hand painted 16 x 13 in. cel featuring The Beatles series cartoon characters playing their respective instruments. The cel is signed in the lower right corner, “Ron Campbell / director “The Beatles” TV. cartoons”. Campbell has drawn additional caricature faces of each of The Beatles in the lower left margin of the cell. Above the image of the band, Campbell has written the lyrics, “She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah...” with some decorative musical notes. With “hand-painted limited edition” stamp in the lower right corner. The cel is tipped to a 21.5 x 19 in. double mat and is in fine condition. Unexamined out of mat.

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Half-sheet poster for Help! starring The Beatles.

Lot 42: Half-sheet poster for Help! starring The Beatles.

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Description: Half-sheet poster for Help! starring The Beatles. (United Artists, 1965) 28 x 22 in. U.S. half-sheet poster for the 1965 musical comedy starring The Beatles. HELP! is a farcical, jukebox comedy, in which the “Fab Four” are led on a campy romp involving a sacrificial cult. The plot, really no more than just an excuse for slapstick gags and to feature the band’s incredible music. The poster remains bright and in good folded condition.

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Vintage Beatles pennant.

Lot 43: Vintage Beatles pennant.

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Description: Vintage Beatles pennant. 29 x 12 in. navy blue felt pennant with red edge. Featuring images of all four Beatles, individual band member names and “Beatles” title printed in white. Minor creasing from a center fold. Overall, in fine condition. In 32 x 14 x 1.5 in. shadow box frame with minor surface scratching. Unexamined out of frame. Ready for hanging.

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1966 Suffolk Downs Beatles unused ticket.

Lot 44: 1966 Suffolk Downs Beatles unused ticket.

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Description: 1966 Suffolk Downs Beatles unused ticket. An unused ticket to The Beatles concert at Boston’s Suffolk Downs racetrack, East Boston. Mass. The ticket was for a Thursday August 18th show in 1966 and Frank Connelly Productions promoted the show. This would prove to be one of The Beatles’ last shows of their final tour as conflicts plagued their travels and they were eager to spend more time in the studio creating. This 4 x 1.5 in. white paper ticket is encased in a heavy acrylic sleeve and case with a PSA grading of “9 - Mint” condition.

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(6) Vintage color camera transparencies of The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show, copyrights included.

Lot 45: (6) Vintage color camera transparencies of The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show, copyrights included.

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Description: (6) Vintage color camera transparencies of The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show, copyrights included. Collection of (6) 2.25 x 2.25 in. color transparencies of The Beatles performing on the Ed Sullivan Show on August 14, 1965. This would mark the fourth and final time The Beatles would appear on the popular TV show. These rare images are some of the only known color images of this performance and happened to be taken on the last black and white broadcast of Sullivan’s show. Images include, (2) of all four band members, (1) John Lennon (2) Paul McCartney. Images were captured during rehearsals and studio performance which included songs: “I Feel Fine”, “I’m Down”, “Act Naturally”, “Ticket To Ride”, “Yesterday” and “Help!” McCartney’s performance of “Yesterday” was the first occasion of a Beatle performing solo in the US and Lennon forgot some of the lyrics to “Help!” Aug. 14th was also momentous as the day before the band kicked off their North American tour with a concert at Shea Stadium, which set attendance records for an outdoor show at that time. When the Ed Sullivan Show episode aired on September 12, 1965 the broadcast received a 60% share of the nighttime audience. In original “Easymount” cardboard frames in very good to fine condition. Sold with copyright.

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The Beatles hand painted Russian nesting dolls.

Lot 46: The Beatles hand painted Russian nesting dolls.

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Description: The Beatles hand-painted Russian nesting dolls. A series of (5) graduated Russian Matryoshka nested dolls. Including: (1) John Lennon (1) Paul McCartney (1) George Harrison (1) Ringo Starr and (1) “I Love Beatles” central capsule. Each of the hollow dolls twist apart as a container to reveal a smaller doll nested within. Each of the four Beatles images has been hand-painted on the surface of each capsule. The dolls remain in very good to fine condition and the largest bears the artist’s signature, “Mockba” and is dated “02” on the base.

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Vintage unused Beatles tickets for A Hard Days Night screening, with Yellow Submarine flyer.

Lot 47: Vintage unused Beatles tickets for A Hard Days Night screening, with Yellow Submarine flyer.

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Description: Vintage unused Beatles tickets for A Hard Days Night screening, with Yellow Submarine flyer. Representing two of The Beatles’ legendary films, this lot includes (2) original unused admission tickets for A Hard Day’s Night screening in Los Angeles on July 24, 1964, in very fine condition; accompanied by (1) original 8.5 x 11 in. original promotional flyer for Yellow Submarine with some minor surface creasing at the corners.

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John Lennon signed letter to Bhaskar Menon with hand-drawn self-portrait.

Lot 50: John Lennon signed letter to Bhaskar Menon with hand-drawn self-portrait.

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Description: John Lennon signed letter to Bhaskar Menon with hand-drawn self-portrait. (1974) 1-page, typed letter on 8.5 x 11 in. Lennon Music stationery to Bhaskar Menon (music industry exec. who presided over EMI Publishing during the rise of The Beatles) declining a trip out of the country. Lennon has typed, in full: “Dear Bhaskar, Goodbye Joe we gotta go me o my o ! (old song). I would if i could but i cant. (leave the u.s.a.) thanks for the understated telegramme! All the best, love and bullets, j.l.” Signed below, “John” in gray pen with additional typed: “p.s. if al or someone could remind me, I’d like to send sir joe a telegramme.” With hand-drawn self-portrait caricature below postscript. Dated on the top right of page “year of our ford. 74.”, as reference to newly elected President Gerald Ford who preceded resigning President Richard Nixon. The Nixon administration constantly threatened Lennon with deportation. Likewise, Ford would not allow Lennon to come or go until Lennon was finally granted residency in 1976. The “old song” Lennon refers to is Hank Williams Sr. tune “Jambalaya (On the Bayou)”. This personal letter features not only a political reference but also the sadly prophetic sign-off, “Love and Bullets”. With date stamp “Nov 15, 1974” at the bottom right of page. Original folds and minor toning. Overall, in very good condition.

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Albert Collins signed photograph.

Lot 51: Albert Collins signed photograph.

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Description: Albert Collins signed photograph. 8 x 10 in. black and white photograph. The photo depicts a young Albert Collins in slick 50s suit and bowtie holding his electric guitar. The distinctive electric Blues guitar player has signed on the left hand margin of the photograph, in black pen, “Albert Collins”. In fine condition.

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Harvey Mandel signed photograph.

Lot 52: Harvey Mandel signed photograph.

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Description: Harvey Mandel signed photograph. 8 x 10 in. black and white photograph. Mandel is an industry-respected guitar legend and innovator of “two-handed fretboard tapping” technique. In addition to his own musical projects, Mandel has played or recorded with the likes of The Rolling Stones and John Mayall as well as performing with Canned Heat at the legendary Woodstock Festival in 1969. The photograph is signed in black ink, “Harvey Mandel” under printed signature in the lower border. Minor scratching to signature. Otherwise, in very good condition.

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