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The Who, Oasis and The Beatles share a stage at Christie's

Guitars played by George Harrison and the Sex Pistols and other memorabilia will rock at auction

This June, Christie's will present an exciting and eclectic selection of unique, important and unusual pieces in the Popular Culture: Rock and Pop Memorabilia sale, to be held on June 24.

The sale is bursting with objects to cater for collectors of all ages, representing icons of music from 1950s to the 1990s, with a selection of items also from the present day.

Star lots include the largest single-owner collection of The Who memorabilia to ever come on the market.

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An acoustic Yamaha FG-340 guitar once owned and played by George Harrison of The Beatles; and a Gibson Les Paul guitar owned and played by Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols circa 1975/76 will also feature.

Other highlights are the hand-painted banner used by U2 on the 'BOY' tour in 1980-81; original painting by Ian Dury (of the punk-era Blockheads) titled Honk Honk Its The Bonk (estimated at £1,500-2,000).

It was painted at the Royal College of Art, under the tutelage of Sir Peter Blake - the famous '60s pop artist who designed the famous sleeve for the Beatles Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band LP.

A jumpsuit worn by The Who's drummer Keith Moon (right) will feature
in the sale

Elsewhere, the first known recording of Oasis in concert in 1992; original paintings of Fatboy Slim; a Dolce and Gabbana necklace worn by Kylie Minogue; and a collection of original stationery from the wedding of Marilyn Manson and Dita Von Teese will also appear.

Christie's sale will be held in South Kensington, London.

Meanwhile, those interested in Beatles collectibles will want to take a look at this set of lyrics for Lady Madonna signed by Paul McCartney which is currently on the market, as are a rare hand drawing by Lennon himself and a 1963 letter from McCartney mentioning songs before The Beatles were famous.


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Images: Christie's and Jim Summaria

Last updated: 9 June 2010