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20 October 2011
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Since Beatles stuff is always coming up at auction (letters, drawings, teeth etc), I thought maybe we could have a rolling thread.

I was browsing the Christie's pages for their forthcoming rock and pop memorabilia sale. Most of the Beatles items are here, and on the next page: http://www.christies.com/lotfi.....e967e6bd31

That letter written by Macca to the unknown drummer is here: http://www.christies.com/lotfi.....e967e6bd31

There are some others that aren't on that page. Here's a 2002 book on the Concert for George, signed by Olivia: http://www.christies.com/lotfi.....e967e6bd31

Legal docs relating to Michael Jackson's purchase of Northern Songs (no idea why anyone would want this, especially as it's a reproduction): http://www.christies.com/lotfi.....e967e6bd31

This is my personal favourite: http://www.christies.com/lotfi.....e967e6bd31

I really want a set of autographs, but they keep getting more and more expensive. Maybe one day...

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20 October 2011
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Joe said:

Since Beatles stuff is always coming up at auction (letters, drawings, teeth etc)

That could be one of the funniest things I'll have read all week!

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20 October 2011
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Zig said:

Joe said:

Since Beatles stuff is always coming up at auction (letters, drawings, teeth etc)

That could be one of the funniest things I'll have read all week!

It's also the most disturbing.

I really would like to know what someone will do with a decaying John Lennon tooth. Show it off to friends or wear it like a necklace! The possibilities are endless! a-hard-days-night-ringo-13

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20 October 2011
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Put it in a stew for flavour.

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20 October 2011
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Personally I'd wait until DNA technology allowed me to clone him.

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20 October 2011
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Joe said:

Personally I'd wait until DNA technology allowed me to clone him.

God, I just had a good laugh at that. Joe, I needed that. Thanks!

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21 October 2011
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meanmistermustard said:

Put it in a stew for flavour.

Oh my god, that is sick, wrong, disgusting, and hilarious.

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12 December 2012
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Hi all,

 

First post so I shall introduce myself. I'm joe, a writer for paulfrasercollectibles.com, a free daily news service on collectibles. I wrote about this earlier today and thought you guys might want to check it out:

 

http://www.paulfrasercollectib.....12611.page

 

Bonhams are describing it as the most important Beatles clothing ever sold at auction. Any thoughts on a competitor?

 

Cheers,

 

Joe

14 December 2012
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Hi Joe. Thanks for joining us.

I'd say the white suit worn by John Lennon on the cover of Abbey Road is probably more important, as it actually appeared on an album cover. It sold for $46k a couple of years ago. I'm actually slightly surprised George's jacket went for more - it makes the suit seem like a bargain.

(As a side note, I'd love it if people stopped describing musical stuff as iconic, legendary or seminal. So, so overused and misused. Sorry - personal pet hate! Is George's jacket iconic in any real sense?)

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19 December 2012
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Ah another Joe! I had forgot about that suit, I would agree with you that it was more important as it featured on an album cover. Not being a devout Beatles fan myself, I didn't even know they originally wore leather jackets until I started working here.

 

I agree with you on the point about using "iconic, legendary and seminal", they are completely overused words. However, I think the leather jacket is iconic, as it is an icon of that era of their career. What else encapsulates that era more???

Besides, you try writing more than 4,000 words a day. You'll soon run out of adjectives haha!

 

 

 

19 December 2012
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P.s It may sound a bit evil (and generall I am) but I can't wait to Yoko snuffs it and all that Lennon memorabilia comes to the market. From the sound of thewordislove94's post and others, it's going to be a field day.

 

19 December 2012
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Hi all,

Here are the results of the auction of John Lennon's letter to Eric Clapton, as written by yours truly:

http://www.paulfrasercollectib.....e?catid=26

A great letter showing signs of what could have been, though I'm pretty glad they never got together as the two of them combined would have resulted in the biggest bore-fest in music. Exciting times, but Lennon, Clapton and Ono all in a band together? Seems there wouldn't have been enough room in any stadium for their egos and the audience.

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19 December 2012
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I dunno. If it happened, Clapton might have reined in some of Lennon's Some Time in NYC indulgences.

Live Peace In Toronto 1969 has its moments, and Clapton's work on Cold Turkey is much better than the original demos. So I wouldn't write the two of them off. It's got to be better than Elephant's Memory and some of the session men Lennon ended up working with in 72-75.

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19 December 2012
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You think so? I'm not so sure. I reckon Sean would protect the legacy, hopefully more than Yoko has done (ie fewer brazen cash-ins like Lennon-branded harmonicas, coloured-in artwork etc). I can't see Sean selling all the instruments etc kept at the Dakota - he can't need the money.

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19 February 2013
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Hi all,

Mark Chapman's letters that he sent to his arresting officer have come up for sale online:

http://www.paulfrasercollectib.....e?catid=26

What do you think of this? Would you have them as part of your collection? Personall I think they would be a great addition as they represent an important time in music history, though I don't imagine all collectors feel the same. The Double Fantasy album that Lennon signed for his killer is still up for grabs and nobody wants it.

 

 

24 February 2013
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It's really weird, kinda stirring mixed feelings for me. On one hand, as you said, the letters and album are historically important, but on the other, I find it strange the way the organisation are saying how "excited" they are to have the artifacts on sale. The wording is just...odd if you ask me, and feels slightly thoughtless, although it is there job to sell these things. Personally, yeah,  I wouldn't say no, but I wouldn't really want to pay for it. I'm surprised no one's bought his Double Fantasy yet; how long has it been up for sale for?

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24 February 2013
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I have less problem with these than something like the autographed album. They were written to the officer who arrested "him", and are being offered by the officer's family to help cover his medical bills. It seems more a case of necessity than a desire to cash in.

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24 February 2013
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mja6758 said
I have less problem with these than something like the autographed album. They were written to the officer who arrested "him", and are being offered by the officer's family to help cover his medical bills. It seems more a case of necessity than a desire to cash in.

Yeah -- unlike with the letters, where the money is going to the arresting officer, "PFC Auctions" doesn't say where the money for the signed album is going.

Also, that site notes that after shooting Lennon:

"...Chapman was found reading The Catcher in the Rye - a peculiar fact that propelled the novel, which deals with themes of adolescence, alienation and solipsistic acts of violence, into the mainstream."

It's my understanding that Salinger's novel needed no schizophrenic murderous fuck to propel it into fame -- it had already been famous for decades (published 1951). 

 

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24 February 2013
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Sorry but why would you want Chapman's letters? If i got them they'd be burned.

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24 February 2013
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meanmistermustard said
Sorry but why would you want Chapman's letters? If i got them they'd be burned.

I'm with you on that.  Though before being burned, they should be read by what do they call them, "forensic" experts in law enforcement -- in case any clues can be gleaned to help prevent future assassins.

Frankly, I get angry at Paul and Yoko for their taking the "high road" in their reactions -- then, and throughout the years.  At the very least, they should express, simply and elegantly, hatred.  I really get weary of this lofty "we mustn't succumb to hatred, now" attitude.  I mean, they don't have to do anything violent.  But at least express your human emotion.  Yoko does all that primal scream bullshit, yet she can't just state, just once, that she is furious with the murderer of her true love?  Something seriously amiss there.

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