More than 650 pieces of rock & roll memorabilia will hit the auction block in Beverly Hills during the Julien’s Auctions Music Icons sale on June 23 and 24, and the wares up for bid range from one-of-a-kind artifacts to bizarre keepsakes.
Expected to fetch as much as $15,000, the Travilla gown Whitney Houston wore to her first Grammy Awards in 1986 made its way onto the collectibles market after the songbird didn’t pay the bill on a storage unit. ”Death does increase the value of a celebrity’s items because they’re no longer performing and re-creating those moments,” says CEO Darren Julien. Lots once owned by still-living legends can also bring in huge bids. Appraised at up to $40,000, a Gibson guitar played on stage by David Bowie is one of the most coveted big-ticket items.
Among the more offbeat novelties with surprising sales potential? An X-ray of Elvis Presley’s left arm. ”This comes to us from a family member of the doctor that took the X-ray,” Julien says of the scan, taken when the King suffered an injury during martial-arts practice. ”Today you couldn’t do that. There would be laws that would protect [patients’] privacy.” Who’d buy such a thing? ”A lot of interest that we get in these X-rays comes from doctors…. They typically put it on a light box on the wall in their entry room.” Only in Hollywood.
Take Your Rightful Place
Want to rule your living room like the king of the Seven Kingdoms? For $30,000 — that’s a lot of Gold Dragons — you can own a life-size replica of the Iron Throne featured on the HBO series Game of Thrones. The home version isn’t made from the razor-sharp swords of Aegon Targaryen’s fallen enemies, but instead from hand-painted fiberglass and resin. Still, it looks only slightly less uncomfortable. And sorry, but Daenerys won’t deliver it to your home on horseback.