Marvels of Modern Music

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Marvels of Modern Music - "Summertime, and the bidding is easy"—with over 400 items spanning the history of popular music, RR Auction''s summer installment of our Marvels of Modern Music series is sure to be a hit. From the Beatles and Bob Dylan to Prince, Kurt Cobain, and Lady Gaga, icons of the past and present are represented in this sale. Among the many chart-topping items are a fully signed Meet the Beatles promo album, Prince''s stage-worn lace shirt from the Purple Rain Tour and handwritten lyrics for ''Nothing Compares 2 U,'' autograph lyrics for ''Like a Rolling Stone'' by Bob Dylan, and Eddie Van Halen''s stage-used Charvel guitar. Join us as we make history selling music history in June 2021.

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Handwritten lyrics in pencil for ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ by Prince, unsigned, two pages, 8 x 10.5, no date. The lyrics read, in full: “It's been 7 hours & 13 days / Since u took your love away / I go out every night and sleep all day / since u took your love away / Since u been gone, I can do whatever I want / I can see whomever I choose / Eat my dinner in fancy restauran…

Sold For: $150,986 (w/BP) Auction #611 - June 24, 2021 View Details

Vintage glossy 8 x 10 Paragon Agency publicity photo of the Allman Brothers Band, signed in the lower border in blue ballpoint, "Duane Allman," "Gregory Allman," and "Berry Oakley." In very good to fine condition, with scattered creasing, and a few very faint edge tears. Accompanied by a full letter of authenticity from PSA/DNA. This iconic Allman Brothers Band Stephen Paley “Messiah&rdquo…

Sold For: $81,515 (w/BP) Auction #611 - June 24, 2021 View Details

Immensely desirable handwritten lyrics by Bob Dylan for his breakthrough single, "Like a Rolling Stone," one page, 8.25 x 11.75, The Dorchester of London letterhead, written in black ballpoint and signed neatly at the conclusion, "Bob Dylan, 2010." The lyrics, in full: "Once upon a time you dressed so fine threw the bums a dime in your prime, didn't you / People call say beware doll you&#…

Sold For: $73,944 (w/BP) Auction #611 - June 24, 2021 View Details

Stage-used Charvel EVH Art Series electric guitar with yellow and black stripe pattern played during a Van Halen concert at the Scottrade Center by Eddie Van Halen, who has personally hand-striped the body and signed in silver ink, "St. Louis, Mo., 4-29-12, Eddie Van Halen, Van Halen, 2012." EVH Art Series back plate features an edition number of "095," and the upper bout bears four affixed gray …

Sold For: $50,631 (w/BP) Auction #611 - June 24, 2021 View Details

Prince's exquisitely made screen-worn beaded jacket from his role as Christopher Tracy in the 1986 film Under the Cherry Moon. The stunning lace jacket is covered in intricate, shimmering beadwork and faux pearls, and features a bolero-style front with a long, cape back. This piece has never been laundered due to the delicate beading, and Prince's makeup is still present on the collar. In…

Sold For: $50,484 (w/BP) Auction #611 - June 24, 2021 View Details

Exquisite suite of six limited edition giclee prints from the original 2008 release of Bob Dylan's 'Drawn Blank' series, all numbered 68/295, 28 x 36, each signed in the lower border in pencil by Dylan. Artwork titles are: 'Train Tracks,' 'Man on a Bridge,' 'Woman In Red Lion Pub,' 'Still Life With Peaches,' 'Truck,' and ''Amagansett.…

Sold For: $50,000 (w/BP) Auction #611 - June 24, 2021 View Details

Handwritten lyrics by Jimi Hendrix for an unpublished, never-released song entitled ‘To the Wind,’ unsigned, written in black ballpoint on 12 off-white 4.25 x 7.25 sheets of notebook paper, with eight pages (pgs. 1-7 and 12) in the hand of Hendrix, who also adds several notes, corrections, and strike-throughs in green and pink ink, and four pages written in another hand; the upper par…

Sold For: $37,816 (w/BP) Auction #611 - June 24, 2021 View Details

Marvelous collection of 24 albums by Elton John, consisting of his first 21 studio albums and first three compilation albums, all of which have been signed on the front cover in blue ballpoint by the award-winning musician. All of the records are included. The album titles, in chronological order, are as follow: Empty Sky; Elton John; Tumbleweed Connection; Madman Across the Water; Friends soundt…

Sold For: $27,225 (w/BP) Auction #611 - June 24, 2021 View Details

Very desirable vintage glossy 8 x 10 promotional photo of the Beatles on location in the Bahamas during filming for their second motion picture, Help!, signed in black felt tip by John Lennon and George Harrison, and in blue felt tip by Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, with another hand adding an inscription above: “To Linda, love from the Beatles.” In very good to fine condition, with…

Sold For: $26,488 (w/BP) Auction #611 - June 24, 2021 View Details

Fender Gemini II natural-finish acoustic guitar (Serial No. S000000035) personally used by Prince as the main production acoustic guitar on his 1991 album Diamonds and Pearls, which was recorded at Larrabee Sound in West Hollywood, California, between December 1989 and May 1991. Originally manufactured in Korea in the late 1980s, the Gemini II features a mahogany back and spruce top, and comes wi…

Sold For: $25,655 (w/BP) Auction #611 - June 24, 2021 View Details

Scarce vintage UK concert program for the Beatles' concert series at Winter Gardens in Margate, England from July 8-13, 1963, 5.75 x 8.75, signed on the front cover next to their respective images in ballpoint by Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. In fine condition, with light handling wear. Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from noted Beatles expert Frank Ca…

Sold For: $25,125 (w/BP) Auction #611 - June 24, 2021 View Details

Outstanding and intimate archive of 10 letters from country music legend Johnny Cash, comprised of nine ALSs and one TLS, signed either “John,” “Johnny,” “John Cash,” or “Johnny Cash,” 20 pages in total, various letterhead, dating between 1964 and 1984, with the entirety addressed to Columbia Records executive Gene Ferguson and his wife Dolores. The…

Sold For: $24,370 (w/BP) Auction #611 - June 24, 2021 View Details

News of the World album beautifully signed blue felt tip by Freddie Mercury, Brian May, John Deacon, and Roger Taylor. The signatures are undedicated and are in very good to fine condition, with surface marks to the top, touching none of the signatures. The record is not included. Queen signed this News Of The World album cover for a fan at SARM (Sound And Recording Mobiles) West Studios based …

Sold For: $23,010 (w/BP) Auction #611 - June 24, 2021 View Details

Exceedingly rare double-sided mono Capitol Records 33 1/3 RPM acetate of the complete Beatles ‘Live at the Hollywood Bowl’ concert. Both labels are marked “Title, Beatles & The Hollywood Bowl,” “Artist, The Beatles,” and “Project No. 31-4877,” with respective running times of “Time, 13:41, Side 1” and “Time, 15:58, Side 2.&rdqu…

Sold For: $21,889 (w/BP) Auction #611 - June 24, 2021 View Details

Historic 45 RPM record for the Buddy Holly single ‘It Doesn’t Matter Anymore / Raining in My Heart’ (Coral Records: 9-62074), which is signed on the A side in black ballpoint by Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and Dion; the B side is signed by Frankie Sardo and Carlo Mastrangelo (of The Belmonts). Both sides bear ownership notations, with the A side dated to February 2, 1959, the day before the plane…

Sold For: $20,140 (w/BP) Auction #611 - June 24, 2021 View Details

Extremely rare inner sleeve for the Beatles album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, signed in blue ink by John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, and Ringo Starr. The sleeve is affixed to a slightly larger cardboard backing. In very good to fine condition, with light overall creasing, and some scuffing to the edges. Consignor notes that this sleeve was signed by the Beatles on Dece…

Sold For: $18,751 (w/BP) Auction #611 - June 24, 2021 View Details

Supremely rare personal invitation from The Beatles to attend an 'Abbey Road' listening party at Apple Headquarters in London on September 18, 1969, 6 x 3, signed on the reverse in red ballpoint, "Paul McCartney." On the front is an image of the iconic album artwork, with invitation text imprinted on the reverse: "The four of us would be greatly honoured if you would grace the first floor…

Sold For: $13,288 (w/BP) Auction #611 - June 24, 2021 View Details

Original 1968 concert program for the infamous New York Rock Festival held at the Singer Bowl in Flushing Meadows, New York, with The Doors and The Who performing on August the 2nd, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Chambers Brothers, the Soft Machine and special guests Big Brother and the Holding Company featuring Janis Joplin on the 23rd and The Young Rascals and The Vagrants (Leslie West) closi…

Sold For: $10,101 (w/BP) Auction #611 - June 24, 2021 View Details

Prince's personally-owned handmade couture jacket worn in a photo shoot, crafted from cream-colored fabric with three pairs of ornate black corded rope clasps on the front, and matching rope links on the cuffs. Concealed in the placket are three white buttons, behind each set of clasps. The jacket has two jetted diagonal pockets, handkerchief pocket on left breast, and is lined in a fine paisl…

Sold For: $9,375 (w/BP) Auction #611 - June 24, 2021 View Details

Ballpoint signatures, "Kurt Kobain," "Chris [heart] Nirvana," and "Tony Rules the World—David,” on an off-white 5 x 8 sheet. In very good to fine condition, with intersecting folds, and overall light creasing. Grohl's mention of "Tony" is a reference to Antony Hodgkinson, aka Dancing Tony, who was the drummer for British rock band Bivouac, a Geffen labelmate with Nirvana. Hodgkins…

Sold For: $8,750 (w/BP) Auction #611 - June 24, 2021 View Details

Limited edition color 20.5 x 29.75 print of the Woodstock poster created by graphic artist Arnold Skolnick, numbered 1179/10000, signed in the lower border by 14 musicians from the historic event, many of whom are now deceased: John Entwistle, Joe Cocker, Richie Havens, Country Joe, Carlos Santana, Wavy Gravy, Grace Slick, Jack Casady, Marty Balin, Paul Kantner, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, David …

Sold For: $8,659 (w/BP) Auction #611 - June 24, 2021 View Details

Lovesexy album signed on the front cover in black felt tip, "'Love God,' P., '88." In very good to fine condition, with light scuffing and scattered small stains. The record is included. A highly sought-after Prince record, signed by the iconic artist in the year of its release.

Sold For: $8,529 (w/BP) Auction #611 - June 24, 2021 View Details

Vintage glossy 3.5 x 5.5 photo of four schoolgirls dressed as the Beatles for a play at the St. Helen's School in Northwood, Middlesex in 1964, signed on the reverse in blue ballpoint, "Paul McCartney," "George Harrison (B.A.)," and "John Lennon," and in black ink, "Ringo Starr." Reverse of card is initialed "RB" and dated in another hand, "17. 2. 64." In fine condition, with light staining t…

Sold For: $8,250 (w/BP) Auction #611 - June 24, 2021 View Details

Thriller: 25th Anniversary Edition album, nicely signed on the front cover in black felt tip by Michael Jackson. In fine to very fine condition. The records are included. A superb signed special edition of the world's biggest selling album of all time.

Sold For: $7,871 (w/BP) Auction #611 - June 24, 2021 View Details