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    A NEW RECORD FOR MARILYN MONROE’S PINK PUCCI DRESS

    Monday, April 1st, 2024

    MARILYN MONROE’S PINK PUCCI DRESS SOLD FOR $325,000 

    With  over eight thousand bids online, and on the phone, from countries across each continent such as the United States, Canada, Great Britain, France, the Netherlands, Mexico, Monaco, Zimbabwe, Brazil, Germany, and Hong Kong the ICONS: PLAYBOY, HUGH HEFNER X MARILYN MONROE sale at Julien’s Auctions realised over $4 million. Though the two Hollywood icons remarkably never met, Hugh Hefner’s and Marilyn Monroe’s legacies became inextricably linked when Monroe appeared in Hefner’s inaugural 1953 issue of Playboy. In that moment, they gained worldwide fame becoming two important figures of twentieth-century America and Playboy establishing itself as an iconic global brand.

    The most expensive lot of the three day sale was Monroe’s pink Pucci long-sleeved dress of silk jersey which sold for $325,000, the top selling lot of the event that set a new world record of most expensive Pucci dress sold at auction. Monroe’s The Seven Year Itch costume– a Mae West-inspired black and cellophane effect evening gown designed by legendary costume designer William Travilla worn by Monroe in the classic 1955 film’s dream sequence scene, which was later cut from the film–sold for $127,000.

    A letter from Jean Smith, one of the children to Rose and Joseph Kennedy and sister to John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, Ted Kennedy, Eunice Kennedy Shriver and four other siblings that reads: “Dear Marilyn – Mother asked me to write and thank you for your sweet note to Daddy – He really enjoyed it and you were very cute to send it. / Understand that you and Bobby are the new item! We all think you should come with him when he comes back east! Again thanks for the note. / Love, Jean Smith” sold for $28,575, seven times its estimate of $4,000.

    BEADED AND RHINESTONE GOWN DESIGNED FOR RAQUEL WELCH AT JULIEN’S

    Sunday, March 31st, 2024

    This is Raquel Welch’s beaded and rhinestone gown designed by Bob Mackie and worn to a 1979 photoshoot. It comes up at Julien’s online sale in Hollywood on April 12 with an estimate of $2,000-$3,000 as part of a sale titled Bombshell: The Raquel Welch Collection. One of Hollywood’s most famous sex symbols Welch, who died in 2023, became a pioneer of the strong female lead character from her roles in Fantastic Voyage, Hannie Caulder, Myra Breckinridge and The Three Musketeers for which she won a Golden Globe award.  There are annotated film scripts, memorabilia like her Screen Actors Guild card, costumes and pieces from her home. Among 500 lots are the earrings worn when she played herself in Season 8, episode 22 of Seinfeld and the iconic fur bikini from One Million Years B.C. which became one of the biggest pin up posters of all time.

    CELEBRITY AND FASHION PROVE UNSTOPPABLE AT JULIEN’S

    Friday, January 19th, 2024
    (photo left to right: Elizabeth Taylor’s Karl Lagerfeld caftan, Princess Diana’s Catherine Walker dress, Princess Grace’s Givenchy ensemble, Dior Galliano newsprint dress, tutu worn by Sarah Jessica Parker, Chanel ski suit and Paris Hilton’s Louis Verdad dress)

    Princess Diana’s black silk velvet cocktail dress (estimated $100,000-$200,000) created by Catherine Walker sold for $325,000, over three times its original estimate of $100,000 at Julien’s in Hollywood. Worn to a private event it features an off-the-shoulder neckline, a princess-seamed bodice with boning, and bias-cut ivory satin accents sewn at the neckline, cuffs, and hem. A 1961 Givenchy ensemble worn to the White House by Princess Grace with Prince Rainier to meet President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy sold for $325,000 (original estimate: $250,000-$300,000). It consists of a “Kelly-green” wool, tweed sleeveless dress with a gathered skirt with an elbow-length sleeved tweed jacket worn with a white hat, which appears as flowers about to bloom. Sarah Jessica Parker’s three-tier tutu skirt worn in her iconic role of Carrie Bradshaw on Sex and the City turned sold for $52,000, six and a half times its original estimate of $8,000. The oyster white tulle three-tier tutu skirt with a matching satin waistband worn by Parker in her Emmy award winning role in the opening credits of the HBO series during its entire run from 1997-2004 was originally found for five dollars in a bin in New York by the show’s legendary costume designer Patricia Field. Another recognisable Sex and the City design made a sensational appearance when John Galliano for Christian Dior’s newsprint silk chiffon strapless gown with an asymmetrical ruffled flounce hemline hit the auction runway for $11,430 (estimate: $8,000 – $12,000). A Chanel 2001 nylon ski suit in pale green with silver hardware and logo zipper pulls that was featured in cream in the Chanel Identification winter ad campaign sold for $7,800 (original estimate: $1,500-$2,000)

    A $595,900 SMASHED GUITAR (BY KURT COBAIN) AT JULIEN’S

    Sunday, May 21st, 2023
    Fender Stratocaster electric guitar smashed by Kurt Cobain

    A lefty black Fender Stratocaster electric guitar smashed by Kurt Cobain, during Nirvana’s seminal Nevermind era made an astounding $595,000 – nearly ten times its original estimate of $60,000 – at Julien’s Music Icons sale at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York. The reassembled but unplayable guitar signed by all three members of Nirvana, Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic, and Dave Grohl, with additional inscriptions to Mark Lanegan (of Screaming Trees) by Cobain that read: “Hell-o Mark! Love, Your Pal, Kurdt Kobain / Washed up rockstar” as well as the inscription Boddah Lives engraved to the neck plate (referring to Cobain’s childhood imaginary friend) is housed in a black hard case with “Abort Christ” written on the top in white block letters and includes a white Ernie Ball guitar strap.

    Bono’s 2002 Gretsch Irish Falcon electric guitar made $238,125. The guitar signed by all four members of U2 was donated by Bono when he was honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year in 2003. A devotee of the Gretsch 6196 Country Club, Bono commissioned ten Irish Falcon electric guitars from Gretsch in 2000. Over 1,200 pieces of music history from rock royalty owned and used by stars like Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Eddie Van Halen, Alex Lifeson, Freddie Mercury, Led Zeppelin, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, KISS, Mötley Crüe, Tom Petty, Lenny Kravitz, and more with special collections from Amy Winehouse, Bill Wyman, Bette Midler and Julian Lennon, sold in front of a live audience and online with thousands of bidders, fans and collectors from around the world participating at julienslive.com The three-day sale will close on today (May 21) with property from Janet Jackson.

    Bono’s 2002 Gretsch Irish Falcon electric guitar 

    CHRISTINE MCVIE’S WARDROBE AND ICONIC INSTRUMENTS

    Monday, December 5th, 2022

    Christine McVie’s wardrobe Including her vintage Rumours album cover worn maxi dress sold for $56,250 at Julien’s in Hollywood over the weekend. The sale featured over 800 lots from three iconic members of Fleetwood Mac including personal wardrobe, musical equipment, household furnishings, awards, memorabilia and more. A portion of the proceeds will benefit MusiCares, who honored Fleetwood Mac in 2018 as the organisation’s Person of the Year, to support the charity’s work providing critical services to underserved members of the music community.

    An emotional moment of the auction was the sale of the collection of Christine McVie, who passed away three days before the event took place. The auction and catalogue of her most personal and professional items organised by Ms. McVie and her team with Julien’s a year ago represented the Songbird’s lifetime of great performances, recordings and songs as a member of one of the best-selling groups of all time, Fleetwood Mac, and as a legendary solo artist.

    Highlights included: the GRAMMY® Award- winner’s vintage maxi dress which sold for $56,250, five times its original estimate of $10,000. Christine McVie’s iconic instruments including her Leslie Rotary speaker and microphones sold for $37,500, thirty-seven times its original estimate, touring Hammond B3 organ made $28,125, Yamaha E3 Series Disklavier electric five-foot baby grand piano sold for $22,400 and Hammond B3 Organ, stage-played sold for $18,750

    STARS UNITE TO GIVE PEACE IN UKRAINE A CHANCE

    Wednesday, September 7th, 2022
    Paul McCartney performs with a custom Gibson Guitars For Peace Les Paul Standard guitar in Syracuse. Photo credit: MJ Kim.

    Gibson, the iconic American-made instrument brand, and Gibson Gives–its philanthropic arm–are bringing the music community together to stand behind the Ukraine Relief effort, raising awareness and funds for the people of Ukraine. Gibson luthiers have crafted a limited edition run of Guitars For Peace Les Paul Custom electric guitars, displaying the colours of the Ukrainian Flag. Gibson partnered with artists to perform with the Ukraine guitars on stage this summer. Autograph books traveling alongside each guitar have been signed by Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Slash, Fher Olvera of Maná, Nile Rodgers of Chic, Mark Knopfler, Lzzy Hale, Margo Price, Alex Lifeson, Blossoms, The Fratellis, Kasabian, Madness, Maisie Peters, Paloma Faith, The Charlatans, The Vaccines, Toyah, My Chemical Romance, and actor Jason Momoa, among others.

    Bidding at Julien’s Auctions will open on October 11 as part of the ”Icons & Idols: Rock ‘N’ Roll” live and online auction which runs until November 11, 12 and 13. The sale will be at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York

    ESTATE OF KENNY ROGERS AT JULIEN’S AUCTIONS

    Friday, August 12th, 2022
    “ISLANDS IN THE STREAM” GOLD DIGITAL SALES AWARD COMMEMORATION ($500 – $700)

    Hold ’em or fold ’em a collection of the GRAMMY® award-winning Country and Pop music icon Kenny Rogers will come up at Julien’s Auctions in Hollywood from October 21-23. The three day live and online sale of more than 1,200 lots from the estate of the renowned actor, philanthropist, businessman and photographer will feature memorabilia, awards, jewellery, wardrobe and personal items from “The Gambler’s” six-decade career. He was one of the best selling artists of all time with 120 million records sold worldwide.

    “The Gambler” became Rogers’ signature story song, persona and one of his five consecutive hit singles to go to No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Music chart. It was a multiple-genre smash hit making the Top 10 across the pop and easy listening charts which earned him his second GRAMMY® Award.  A portion of the proceeds of the auction will benefit Music Health Alliance.

    THE MAGIC OF MONROE SHINES AT JULIEN’S AUCTIONS

    Monday, July 18th, 2022
    MARILYN MONROE: “THERE’S NO BUSINESS LIKE SHOW BUSINESS” FILM-WORN ENSEMBLE (WITH BOOK AND PHOTOS)

    A figure-hugging embellished gown worn by Marilyn Monroe in her 1954 classic film There’s No Business Like Show Business enchanted collectors and fans of the screen goddess as the dress designed by William Travilla was the top-seller at Julien’s Auctions Hollywood Legends sale this weekend. It made $218,750 over an estimate of $80,000-$100,000.  A pair of sequin embellished leotard costumes screen-worn by Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell in their 1953 film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes made $102,400. Among other top lots were Chris Evans’ Captain America original hero prop “Vibranium” shield used in The Avengers which made $200,000; an original Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope stormtrooper helmet made $192,000 and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets  “Nimbus 2001” broomstick made $76,800.

    RAMBO IS A KNOCKOUT AT JULIEN’S AUCTIONS

    Monday, December 6th, 2021
    SYLVESTER STALLONE’S ORIGINAL HANDWRITTEN “ROCKY” SCRIPT PAGES

    Sylvester Stallone’s original handwritten script pages for Rocky, the 1976 Oscar winning Best Picture, sold for $437,500 at Julien’s Auctions in Hollywood on December 5. It had been estimated at $50,000-$70,000. His film worn Rocky III American Flag silk boxing trunks made $200,000, twenty times the original estimate. Hundreds of bidders, collectors and fans across the globe participated in person, on the phone and online in a sale of nearly 500 items from Stallone’s personal collection of costumes, movie props and memorabilia from the Rocky and Rambo movie franchises, Cliffhanger, Demolition Man, The Specialist, Assassins, Escape Plan, Cop Land, and The Expendables–as well as awards, fine jewellery, furniture, and other luxury items.