Joplin and Hendrix prove that 'music memorabilia markets are blossoming'
After one of its 'busiest years ever' in 2010, Philip Weiss in the US is preparing an extensive music sale
"Despite a down economy, 2010 was one of our busiest years ever," said Philip Weiss of Philip Weiss Auctions. "We have some incredible merchandise in the January auction to keep our buyers happy."
Its January 22 auction will include Part 3 of The Lester Glassner Collection of Hollywood, featuring thousands of movie stills plus a collection of movie posters and lobby cards with many horror and science fiction examples.
The movie posters will include insert posters for "Son of Dracula" (Realart, 1943) and "The Return of the Vampire" (Columbia, 1943); while the lobby cards include "Superman and the Mole Men" (Lippert, 1951) and "The Thing from Another World" (RKO, 1951).
Also featured additions include celebrity worn items from Angelina Jolie's necklace to Sammy Davis Jr's Swank Cufflinks. They will appear with books, magazines, TV Guides, promotional materials and a "Wanted Dead or Alive" dart gun target set in original box picturing Hollywood legend Steve McQueen.
According to a statement by Philip Weiss: "The Music Memorabilia market is blossoming as a great investment avenue with prices still reasonable on items that will soon be considered extremely rare."
Elsewhere at the January 22 auction, music collectors will have a chance to own the artist's proof poster for a Janis Joplin concert in Syracuse NY in 1970. The artist, Gary Butts, signed the poster in pencil and annotated that under 35 posters were pulled from the screen.
Silk screened posters with split fountain print style are considered to be works of fine art and difficult to produce. This, combined with the iconography of Janis Joplin, should make work very sought-after indeed.
Also included in the music memorabilia portion of the sale are concert posters from rock's "golden age" including the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan and psychedelic posters from California, plus a selection from the Armadillo World Headquarters in Austin, Texas.
Bidders can take part in person in Oceanside, NY, by phone and online. Watch this space for more news on Philip Weiss's sale.
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