Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson vie for bidders at auction


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This black leather bomber jacket with a white wool collar was owned and worn by Keith Richards in the early 1960's. There are many photographs of Keith wearing this jacket including inside the "High Tides and Green Gras" album. This is the most important piece of Rolling Stones clothing to ever come to auction. A letter from Keith's girlfriend Linda Keith, and pictures of Keith wearing the jacket are included. Good condition. Estimate: $32,000-$35,000. Final Price: $36,000. Photo courtesy Gotta Have it Auctions

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Forbes magazine just named Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley the top-earning dead celebrities, respectively, for 2010, but buyers at the recent Gotta Have It! Rock and Roll Pop Culture Auction flipped that equation around.

The King, Elvis Presley, weighed in with 54 lots offered for sale, of which 38 sold for approximately $219,000 total, according to auction results.

Meanwhile, King of Pop Michael Jackson had 30 lots offered, of which 26 sold for roughly $145,500 total.

The Beatles, of whom Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney survive, had 94 lots offered. Of that, 59 sold for approximately of $252,000.

Interestingly enough, three of the top four lots sold belonged to dead celebrities — or four of four, if you consider how many times Keith Richards should’ve died by now. The belle of the auction ball was a fuschia pink evening dress worn by Princess Diana’s evening dress, which brought $205,429.20, more than three times the minimum bid of $60,000.

In second place was a pair of black spandex gloves covered with silver buckles that Jackson wore for the “Bad” album cover photo shoot, which sold for $62,256, more than three times the minimum bid. Coming in third: a black leather bomber jacket Richards wore for the Rolling Stones’ album cover of “High Tides and Green Grass,” which sold for $36,000, just $6,000 above the minimum bid but within the pre-auction estimate range. And, in the fourth spot is one of Elvis Presley’s stage-worn jumpsuits by designer Nudie Cohen, which, at $31,800, handily doubled the minimum bid of $15,000 and easily blew past the estimated $20,000.

Other top-dollar lots (and their final sales amounts) included:

• An object drawing and “Aquaplex” drawing by Paul McCartney when he was a student at the Liverpool Institute in the late 1950s, $30,000;

• A Ronnie Wood owned and used, hand-painted “I Feel Like Playing” ESP guitar, $30,000;

• Jimi Hendrix’s custom-made, stage-worn white suede jacket, $30,000;

• Elvis Presley’s owned and worn “Mr. Tiger” Karate diamond ring, $27,354;

• Bob Dylan handwritten, signed and dated “It Ain’t Me Babe” working lyrics, $24,000;

• A Carl-Alan Awards invitation signed by The Beatles and Brian Epstein, $21,792;

• John Lennon’s handwritten poem draft of “The National Health Cow,” $21,084;

• Elvis Presley’s owned and worn IC Costume Company red silk shirt, $19,567.20;

• Elvis Presley’s suede jacket, which he wore at the famous “Million Dollar Quartet” recordings at Sun Studios, $19,800;

• John Lennon and Paul McCartney Earliest Known pair of signatures, 1958, $16,800;

• Elvis Presley’s “Speedway” movie-worn blue jacket with white stripes, $15,972;

• John Lennon signed original Bag One lithograph, $15,031.20;

• The Beatles’ “Let It Be” original white matte RIAA gold record award, $14,152.80;

• The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” original white matte RIAA gold album award, $12,865.20;

• Stevie Ray Vaughan stage-used and signed Fender Stratocaster Elite guitar, $12,298.80;

• Elvis Presley owned and used Shure SM-58 Microphone, $11,322;

• Elvis Presley owned and used Shure SM-57 microphone, $11,042.40

• Michael Jackson worn custom-made Swarovski crystal jacket, $10,632;

• Michael Jackson worn and signed Mickey Mouse jacket, $10,632

• Elvis Presley owned and worn black sapphire and diamond ring

• An original watercolor painting by Stuart Sutcliffe, a member of The Beatles’ Hamburg lineup, $9,124.80

• In addition to the fingerprint card for John Lennon, which FBI agents forced the auction house to withdraw prior to the close of the event, several other big-ticket lots failed to hit minimum bids. Those included:

• Paul McCartney handwritten working lyrics for “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer,” $200,000. ?


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#836: Princess Diana Worn Fuchsia Pink Evening Dress by Victor Edelstein Minimum Bid: $60,000.00 Final Price: $205,429.20
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#97: Elvis Presley Stage Worn Nudie's Jumpsuit. This custom made Nudies yellow flamboyant jumpsuit with eagles on the front shoulders and ankles and rhinestones throughout. Nudie Cohen was best known for designing Elvis's iconic gold Lame suit. This jumpsuit was worn by Elvis in the 1970's. Elvis's jumpsuits have sold for $300,000 in the past this is an incredible piece of Elvis history. Very good condition with signs of wear. Estimate: 18000-20000. Final Price: $31,890.00
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Lot 100: Elvis Presley Owned and Worn "Mr. Tiger" Karate Diamond Ring Minimum Bid: $6,000.00 Final Price: $27,354.00
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#247: Jimi Hendrix Stage Worn White Suede Jacket: An extremely rare Jimi Hendrix stage worn custom made white suede jacket. Worn by Jimi in the mid 1960's on stage and off. Made by designer Colette Harron who also designed Jimi's Woodstock jacket. One of the most important pieces of Jimi's clothing to ever come to auction. Good condition. Estimate: 27000-30000. Final Price: $30,000.00
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Kiss Gene Simmons Custom Made Platform "Demon" Boots Minimum Bid: $2,250.00 Final Price: $6,372.00
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#116: Elvis Presley Owned and Worn IC Costume Company Red Silk Shirt: Elvis Presley wore this tailored red silk long sleeve shirt at Graceland in the summer of 1970 while riding on one of his horses (usually "Rising Sun") down to the gates to chat with fans, sign autographs and pose for pictures. The shirt features elastic gathering at the forearms and at the cuffs, a six- button front closure and custom top stitching on a long, pointed collar. The IC Costume Co California label is sewn on the inside of the shirt. Elvis would often wear one of his trademark white scarves with his shirts, wrapped around his neck and fastened with a small ring, so could wipe his forehead as July summers in Memphis are quite unbearable (one of the reasons Elvis generally slept until late in the afternoon and did not venture out in the Memphis heated summers until late in the day). Accompanied by a photograph of Elvis wearing the shirt and a white scarf at the gates of Graceland, and a letter of provenance from Richard Davis. Also comes with an original IC Costume Company Hollywood wooden hanger. Estimate: 2100-2300; Final Price: $19,567.20

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