John Lennon Military Jacket, Michael Jackson's Chimp Costume to Be Auctioned Off
Wed, 10 Nov 2010 11:25:12
Calling all rock 'n' roll and pop music memorabilia enthusiasts. A military band jacket worn by John Lennon and a costume made for Michael Jackson's pet chimp Bubbles (!!!) are among more than 650 lots of pop culture memorabilia up for auction in Beverly Hills next month.
Reuters reports that the "Icons and Idols" sale is scheduled to take place on December 3 and 4. The sale also includes what organizer Julien's Auctions says is the most extensive collection of Lennon and Beatles memorabilia ever to come to public auction. So if you want to own a piece of the late Lennon, now is your chance. Of course, if you want to dress up your pet chimp, you can bid on Bubbles' costume. Man, it must be really nice to be independently wealthy.
As for Lennon items, here's what else is available: a white and gold braided jacket worn by Lennon in 1966 for a Life magazine photo shoot, which is expected to fetch up to $200,000. The jacket echoes the style worn the following year by all four Beatles on the cover of their Sgt. Pepper's album; various self-portraits; a collage created for Elton John's 28th birthday; and a guitar played by both Lennon and Elvis Presley during a Los Angeles jam session, which carries an estimate of $100,000 to $150,000.
That guitar is probably the most worthwhile item, in my estimation.
There are also several Michael Jackson ensembles, including a black jacket Jackson wore to a 1996 birthday party for South African President Nelson Mandela. It carries a $10,000 to $20,000 estimate.
What would you bid on if you had extra cash?