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Pop Memorabilia Sale at Christie's South Kensington

22/06/2008, By

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To coincide with Beatles Day in Liverpool on 10th July, Christie's South Kensington is to offer some of the most exciting and iconic artefacts of Rock and Pop Memorabilia to appear on the market in many years on Thursday 10th July at 2pm.

In addition to important pieces relating to The Beatles and John Lennon, other artists represented in the sale include Pete Townshend, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Madonna, The Sex Pistols and U2. Estimates start from £300 and the public view is open from Saturday 5th July, providing the perfect opportunity for a weekend browse before buying. Highlights include lots of John Lennon and The Beatles - the top one is John Lennon’s hand-written lyrics for ‘Give Peace a Chance’, as well as a selection of photographs taken by Gail Renard, who was just sixteen when she attended the Montreal Bed-In and became a life-long friend of John Lennon.

Other highlights include: the hand-painted bass drumskin, seen on the front cover of the Beatles’ 1967 album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, a collage compiled by John Lennon and Yoko Ono as a birthday card for Elton John on his 28th birthday, 25 March, 1975, John Lennon’s tinted prescription sunglasses worn by him during his ‘Lost Weekend’, 1973-1974, worn on various occasions including on the cover of the Apple Records single Mind Games, 1973 and on the occasion of his ejection from the Troubadour Club, Los Angeles with Harry Nilsson, 12 March 1974, in timing with the current US Presidential Elections, a pen and ink drawing by Lennon Vote For Me - Don’t Vote For Him circa 1965 and a hand-written poem by John Lennon The National Health Cow, 1965.

Jimi Hendrix - Forty years on, a previously unheard recording of the Jimi Hendrix Experience performing at Woburn Music Festival, Woburn Abbey, Bedfordshire, England, 6-7 July 1968, a 1966 Marshall Amplifier used by Jimi Hendrix in concert 1967-1969, and a pair of colourful striped, flared trousers worn by Jimi Hendrix on various occasions in 1967.

Highlights relating to other artists include: Pete Townshend’s Gibson SG Special guitar in Cherry Red used extensively by Townshend from the 1960s to the 1980s, Paul Weller’s 1974 Rickenbacker 330 guitar, on which Weller has scratched I Am Nobody, played by him on stage, with The Jam 1977 – 1979, an Acoustic 361 bass stack circa 1969, used on stage by John Paul Jones with Led Zeppelin, 1969-1976; a rare poster for a Sex Pistols concert in Paris, September 1976, with graphic “naked boy” artwork, and, on a more contemporary note, guerilla grafitti artist Banksy makes an appearance with one of his doctored versions of Paris Hilton’s 2006 album.

Thursday 10th July at 2pm
Christie’s South Kensington
85 Old Brompton Road
London SW7 3LD
Public Enquiries: +44 (0)20 7930 6074

Opening hours at Christie’s South Kensington:
Monday: 9 am to 7.30 pm
Tuesday to Friday: 9 am to 5 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10 am to 4 pm

Copyright: © Christie's Images Limited

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