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    Thursday, May 12th, 2022
    Kurt Cobain “Smells like Teen Spirit” Fender Mustang guitar. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR  $4.5 million

    Kurt Cobain’s Fender Mustang electric guitar, Madonna’s Material Girl dress inspired by Marilyn Monroe, the original drum kit used in the pre-Beatle group The Quarrymen and Bruce Springsteen’s handwritten lyrics for “Born to Run” are all due to come under the hammer this month. Popular culture is big business – and in our global village auction houses are cashing in on the big time. Julien’s Auctions, conveniently located in Hollywood, leads the charge. Their Music Icons sale live and online from the Hard Rock Cafe in New York on May 20, 21 and 22 offers dedicated fans of all ages a heady mix. For the information of us non specialists the Quarrymen was formed by John Lennon in Liverpool in 1956 as a skiffle rock and roll group.  Ultimately it evolved into the Beatles.  Another lot sure to attract attention from around the world is a single sheet of handwritten lyrics by Bruce Springsteen for Glory Road, later re-named Born to Run. Kurt Cobain’s legendary blue “Smells Like Teen Spirit” music video 1969 Fender Mustang electric guitar will appeal to a different generation.

    Madonna’s Material Girl dress  UPDATE: THE COMPLETE ENSEMBLE SOLD FOR $287,500


    Thursday, December 10th, 2015

    Madonna's Like a Virgin dress (4,000-6,000).

    Madonna’s Like a Virgin dress (4,000-6,000).  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    From Madonna’s Like a Virgin stage worn dress to guitars signed by Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen the rock and pop memorabilia section at Whyte’s auction in Dublin on December 13 and 14 holds much to interest collectors.  Andre van Pier created stage costumes for Madonna who performed on her 1985 Virgin tour wearing a white bridal gown.  The dress was exhibited as part of the permanent display of the Barcelona Museum of Rock and comes to Whyte’s as part of the estate of the museum’s founder Jordi Tarda.

    The 1899 Irish rugby shirt.

    The 1899 Irish rugby shirt.  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    By way of contrast the auction also includes the earliest Irish international rugby shirt ever to be offered at auction. It is from 1899, the year Ireland scored a second Triple Crown victory, and was worn by Derry born Billy Byron. Unique to the 1899 shirt there is an embroidered spray of shamrock with four sprigs. It is estimated at 25,000-30,000.

    There is a selection of James Bond posters including From Russia with Love and Thunderball (each estimated at 2,000-3,000).  Rock memorabilia includes guitars signed by Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Roger Waters of Pink Floyd.  The auction of sports and entertainment memorabilia is in two parts: an online only sale at on December 13 and a live auction with internet bidding at Freemason’s Hall, Molesworth St., Dublin on December 14.

    (See post on for December 4, 2015).

    A Fender Affinity Telecaster electric guitar signed by Bruce Springsteen (800-1,200).

    A Fender Affinity Telecaster electric guitar signed by Bruce Springsteen (800-1,200).  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    A poster for Thunderball (2,000-3,000).

    A poster for Thunderball (2,000-3,000).  UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,000 AT HAMMER