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    TREASURES FROM CAREER OF JANET JACKSON AT JULIEN’S

    Monday, April 26th, 2021

    Iconic items from the career of music legend Janet Jackson will come under the hammer live and online at a three day sale by Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills on May 14, 15 and 16. More than 1,000 lots from her 40 year career will include historical music video attire like the original Rhythm Nation Jacket from her 1989 musical film short worn in tour and costumes and memorabilia from each of her record-breaking world tours.

    Richard Tyler black coat stage worn on 1990 Rhythm Nation World Tour

    BONO GRETCSH PROTOTYPE GUITAR AT JULIEN’S AUCTIONS

    Sunday, February 28th, 2021

    Anyone for a prototype of Bono’s Gretsch Irish Falcon model 6136 electric guitar?  The Gretsch family, one of the most celebrated names in the music industry, is opening up their archive for the first time to benefit their music foundation. On offer live and online at Juliens Auctions, Beverly Hills, on March 26 and 27, is part of their collection of guitars.  These were used as early generation prototypes of signature instruments by music legends  like Bono, George Harrison, Tom Petty, Chet Atkins, Brian Setzer and many more.  Gretsch has been the premier manufacturers of the worlds finest guitars and drums since 1883. Among the highlights of the sale is Bono’s prototype, which comes complete with green finish, two pickups with The Goal is Soul on the pickguard and gold hardware.  The estimate is $8,000-$10,000.

    ALL’S FAIR IN LOVE AND COLD WAR AT JULIEN’S

    Saturday, February 13th, 2021

    If the Cold War relics auction taking place today reveals anything it is that all’s fair in love and war. Deceit trumps love in this St. Valentine’s weekend sale live and online at Juliens in in L.A. More than 400 artefacts used by American astronauts, Cuban revolutionaries and Soviet spies feature in a sale which includes everything from the KGB Espionage Museum in New York  –  almost. A lipstick gun routinely provided to KGB femmes fatales was pulled from the auction at the last minute. Reason unspecified. In the land of spies a kiss of death trumps pepper spray every time.  Never fear. The catalogue offers a huge variety of ways to gather evidence and extract revenge when allies become enemies and love goes south. The pre digital age was rich in methods to place listening devices, bugs, hidden cameras and microphones.  How much more, one has to wonder, can they do now?  Can anything be kept secret in 2021?  In a lockdown world of strained relationships a gun designed to look like a tube of lipstick might be seen in some quarters as a crude though stealthy weapon of surprise from yesteryear. The sale offers lethal purses, a dinner plate with a microphone bug, cameras and microphones disguised as buttons, a Soviet version of the Enigma cipher machine known as Fialka, all sorts of ways of looking and listening to what is going on in hotel rooms, coins with hidden compartments and a replica of the deadly syringe umbrella believed to have been used to carry out the assassination of Bulgarian dissident author Georgi Markov in London in 1978. The auction takes place over two sessions today, at 10 am and 1 pm Pacific Time.  Bidders need to register in advance.

    UPDATE: The auction attracted bidders from around the globe. The top lot was a Soviet KGB spy purse known as “The Fly” which sold for $32,000 nearly thirteen times its original estimate of $2,500. A Soviet spy coin with a hidden compartment made $25,600, one hundred twenty-eight times its original estimate of $200 and a rare Soviet version of the Enigma code cipher machine known as the Fialka sold for $22,400.

    Lot 394 is a replica spy umbrella with a hidden poison syringe. ($3,000-$5,000). UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR $19,200

    ANYONE INTERESTED IN A SPOT OF ESPIONAGE?

    Thursday, February 11th, 2021

    The Cold War Relics auction live and online at Julien’s on February 13  will include New York’s KGB Espionage Museum Collection. The sale will feature the world’s largest collection of KGB-specific spy equipment and authentic KGB artefacts from the Cold War. Over 400 lots will be on offer such as clandestine operative cameras, counter-intelligence detectors, morse code machines, airplane radars, voice recorders and official government documents.

    Highlights include a rare Soviet version of the Enigma code cipher machine known as the Fialka, a replica of the deadly syringe umbrella believed to have been used to carry out the assassination of Bulgarian author Georgi Markov in London, a vintage one-thousand-pound carved stone sculpture of Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin from the headquarters of the KGB in Kaliningrad, a purse with a hidden camera and shutter apparatus, a machine used by border guards to detect people hiding in vehicles, a German WWII phone tap device, an original steel door from a former KGB prison hospital, a unique portable wire recording machine, and a vintage railroad “Infected Area” warning sign.

    A Russian spy cigarette pack with hidden camera

    JAMES BOND WALTHER PISTOL AT JULIEN’S AUCTION

    Monday, November 16th, 2020

    The Walther PP pistol used by Sean Connery as James Bond in Dr. No, the first James Bond film to come to screen in 1962, will highlight Julien’s Icons and Idols auction in Hollywood on December 3. It is estimated at $150,000-$200,000. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR  $256,000

    RELICS OF THE COLD WAR HIT AUCTION BLOCK AT JULIEN’S

    Monday, October 26th, 2020

    More than 400 artefacts used by American astronauts, Cuban revolutionaries and Soviet spies will come under the hammer at Julien’s Auctions in Hollywood next year. The Cold War Relics Auction on February 13, 2021 will feature the entire collection from the KGB Espionage Museum in New York City. Lots on offer include clandestine operative cameras, counter-intelligence detectors, morse code machines, airplane radars, voice recorders and official government documents. Highlights include a gun designed to look like a tube of lipstick ($800-$1,200), a secret hotel-room listening device or “bug” from 1964 ($300-$500); a Soviet version of the Enigma code cipher machine known as the Fialka ($8,000-$12,000) and a replica of the deadly syringe umbrella believed to have been used to carry out the assassination of Bulgarian author Georgie Markov on a London street in 1978 ($2,000-$3,000).

    This collection was procured by historian, collector and museum curator, Julius Urbaitis, who worked as the consultant for the 2019 Emmy and Golden Globe award winning HBO series, Chernobyl.

    A gun designed to look like a tube of lipstick

    ICONIC VAN HALEN GUITARS AT JULIEN’S AUCTIONS

    Monday, October 19th, 2020

    Two of Eddie Van Halen’s most iconic guitars will be sold at Julien’s Auctions Icons and Idols Trilogy: Rock ‘n’Roll live and online auction in Beverly Hills on December 4 and 5. “As we were preparing for our annual Icons & Idols: Rock and Roll auction lineup, we were stunned to hear the sad news of Eddie Van Halen’s passing last week,” Darren Julien said. “We are honoured to include at this event two iconic guitars from his brilliant and blazing career as one of rock’s greatest and most gifted guitar heroes”.

    On offer is Eddie van Halen’s 2004 EVH Charvel Art Series electric guitar with maple neck and fingerboard, Fender Stratocaster-style headstock numbered on the back #54, in the unique white and black abstract design in the style of his 1978 Van Halen I guitar. Also scheduled to come under the hammer is his customised electric guitar serial number F 0024. It was built by Van Halen with his guitar tech Matt Bruck at the guitarist’s 5150 home studio. Featuring a red body with white and black stripes designed and applied by Van Halen, the guitar has a maple neck and fingerboard with dot inlays and pointed Kramer headstock.

    The all-star lineup sale includes artefacts and memorabilia owned by some of the greates artists including Kurt Cobain, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Lady Gaga, David Bowie, Aerosmith and more. 

    Eddie Van Halen’s 2004 EVH Charvel Art Series electric guitar. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR $140,800. In total Van Halen’s guitars made $420,055

    BILL WYMAN ROLLING STONES ARCHIVES BREAKS RECORDS

    Monday, September 14th, 2020

    A a 1968 Gibson Les Paul standard model gold top guitar used by Brian Jones in The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus concert show and film in December 1968 and other recordings and sold for $704,000 at Julien’s this weekend. The three-day music auction of the Bill Wyman collection broke a number of records. A 1969 Fender Mustang Bass with a competition orange finish used by Wyman on concerts and recordings in 1969 and 1970 sold for a record $384,000. Wyman’s 1962 VOX AC30 Normal model amplifier made a record $106,250. This historic amplifier used extensively by the Rolling Stones was one of the reasons why Wyman was asked to join the band during his audition.

    “Collecting and archiving has been one of the great pleasures of my life and
    will undoubtedly be one of my legacies,” said Bill Wyman. “It feels like the right time to share my archive with the world. I hope people will get as
    much joy from my collections as I have.” A portion of the proceeds of will benefit The Prince’s Trust, Macmillan Cancer Support and CCMI (Central Caribbean Marine Institute).

    UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR $704,000

    2001: A Space Odyssey Space Suit with Iconic Helmet Sold for $370,000

    Sunday, July 19th, 2020

    AN iconic space suit from Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey made  $370,000 over an original estimate of $200,000 at Julien’s Hollywood: Legends and Explorers auction. Over 900 items from Hollywood entertainment film lore to television’s past and present golden ages as well as a collection of some of the most significant and historical Space artefacts went under the hammer. The auction attracted fans and collectors from around the world, bidding on the floor, online and by telephone.

    The suit and helmet are believed to have been worn by Keir Dullea, as mission pilot and scientist Dr. David Bowman, in the memorable faceoff scene with “HAL” in the Academy award winning science fiction masterpiece.

    There were two pilot control sticks from the NASA Apollo 11 flight to the moon. One used by Neil Armstrong sold for $370,000, over three times its original estimat, the other used by Buzz Aldrin sold for $256,000. A complete original tool kit flown on Apollo 17 during the last mission to the moon made $102,400, well over its estimate of $20,000. An Apollo era spacesuit glove designed for Armstrong made $76,800, over seven times its original estimate of $10,000.

    2001: A Space Odyssey Space Suit

    THE COLLECTION OF STEVE MARTIN AT JULIENS

    Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020

    The most comprehensive collection of Steve Martin’s iconic costumes and memorabilia will come under the hammer at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills on July 18. The live and online sale will celebrate the career of the legendary American actor, comedian, writer, playwright, producer, musician, and composer. There are awards, posters, musical instruments, magic props and personal items including his trademark white suit, the arrow through the head piece, 1976 Gibson Flying V “Toot Uncommons” Electric Guitar, Props and Costumes from Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid, Little Shop of Horrors  and more.

    All proceeds will be donated to The Motion Picture Home in honor of Roddy McDowall, the late legendary stage, film and television actor and philanthropist for the Motion Picture & Television Fund’s Country House and Hospital. MPTF supports working and retired members of the entertainment community.

    Steve Martin’s trademark white suit. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR $22,400