Bonhams – Knightsbridge, Entertainment Memorabilia auction on Wednesday 18th December hosts an enticing line-up of international music and film icons from the 20th and 21st centuries. Showcasing over 400 lots of music and film history, the sale will feature guitars, stage costumes, drum-kits, letters, photographs, personal items, props and posters from legends of the 1950s through to the present day.
Presenting - Music Legends
Bonhams is proud to be offering an electric guitar which belonged to The Grateful Dead's renowned guitarist Jerry Garcia. The white Travis Bean TB500 electric guitar with serial number 11 is valued at £80,000-£120,000.
This is the first time a Jerry Garcia guitar has been on view and offered for sale in Europe. This significant guitar was one of three Travis Bean's owned by Garcia and was played on stage with The Grateful Dead from 1976. The guitar was later modified for use together with a synthesizer and this is believed to be the first time this technique was used in a studio. Bonhams is delighted to be offering a key piece of Grateful Dead history this side of the Atlantic.
Ginger Baker's Cream reunion DW emerald green drum kit, played by Ginger at both the Royal Albert Hall and Madison Square Garden in 2005 is estimated at £15,000-20,000. The kit is offered for sale directly by the drummer. Almost forty years after the band originally parted ways, they reformed to hold four London gigs. The huge success of these performances enticed the trio to play a further gig in New York. There are numerous documented photographs of Baker using this drum kit at both venues.
An acoustic guitar owned and played by Robert Smith, lead singer of The Cure, is offered for sale with estimates of £3,000-£5,000. The Schecter signature RS-1000 acoustic guitar was personally donated to the Brighton based children's charity Amaze. The guitar was used throughout the band's 2008 World Tour and the body is signed and inscribed by Smith with the lyrics for 'That Boy I Never Knew', a song yet to be released. Memorabilia relating to The Cure is rarely seen on the market and a piece of such significance has never been offered at auction before.
Coldplay's custom-made stage set used at the 2012 Brit Awards held at the O2 Arena in London where they were awarded Best British Band and performed 'Charlie Brown' with this stage set. The set was designed and created by British street artist Paris, who became the band's artist in residence during the artistic styling of their fifth album 'Mylo Xyloto'. Coldplay wanted to use graffiti artwork with strong vibrant colors in contrast to the muted effect for 'Viva La Vida'. The set has been donated by the band and Paris to the Bedford & District Cerebral Palsy Society and is valued at £4,000-£6,000.
With the Beatles, a rare signed copy of the 1963 album signed by each member of the group is another highlight in the sale. The signatures were obtained by the assistant stage manager at the Liverpool Empire when The Beatles were performing there. The dedication reads, 'To Barbara' (the manager's girlfriend at the time). This lot carries estimates of £10,000-£15,000.
Epic Film and Television Series
James Bond memorabilia from the estate of script writer Jack Whittingham is offered for sale. This includes a collection of manuscripts, draft scripts and story treatments for the 1958 project Thunderball which was collected during Whittingham's collaboration with Ian Fleming and Kevin McClory. The ill-fated Thunderball project did not come to fruition due to a difference of opinions between Fleming and McClory who parted ways shortly after. Nevertheless, Fleming went on to publish a fifth James Bond novel with the same name. According to McClory and Whittingham, this novel was loosely based on the story and screen play composed by all three. As Fleming failed to credit any other party in the publication, a bitter law case ensued. A number of Whittingham's papers included in this sale were used by the prosecution in the court case. Estimates for the scripts range from £1,000–£8,000.
Star Wars is represented in the sale by a rare and important study mold for the dome of R2-D2's head which was used in Star Wars: A New Hope (1977). This pre-production plaster mold is offered by the engineer responsible for constructing the first ever R2-D2 robot for the film. It was used it as a guide for dimensions and design of the droid. When negotiating a fee with Lucas Film, the engineer was offered a choice of a flat hourly rate for the work or a percentage of the films takings. The contract was agreed at a flat hourly rate. This lot is estimated at £6,000-£8,000.
Doctor Who celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the classic series last week. The 18th December Entertainment sale will include pieces from across the show's history. Bonhams are the only auction house to hold dedicated auctions for the timeless BBC series and offer items from a range of sources. Star lots are two prop Yeti homing devises from the recently discovered episode The Web of Fear (1968) with Patrick Troughton as The Doctor. Props and monsters from the Tom Baker era are also offered for sale, including a 1978 'Taran Wood Beast' monster costume from Doctor Who: The Androids of Tara (estimates £1,500-£2,000) and a Destroyed Dalek, believed to have appeared in Remembrance of the Dalek (estimates £4,500-£5,000).
Other lots of interest include a custom tiger suit worn by Eric Idle in the 1983 Monty Python film The Meaning of Life (estimates £600-£800). The suit was worn in the scene where Idle and Michael Palin, dressed as the 'fearsome' beasts, are spotted by hunters while acting suspiciously. Python fever has once again ignited following the announcement of the 2014 reunion tour. Few pieces of memorabilia relating to the surreal comedy group have been offered for auction before.
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