Paddle8, that super cool site with sterling royal connections (Princess Eugenie used to work there), is running Legendary, an auction of rare memorabilia from leading rock, pop, hip-hop and rap artists over the past 50 years. Spanning from Buddy Holly to Snoop Dogg—and including significant and historical items from The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, and The Clash—the online auction runs only until this Thursday, March 31. (Bid at:paddle8.com/auction/ legendary) The sale also features a trove of important memorabilia from the work of David Bowie, including the only complete set of handwritten lyrics to come up for auction, as well as photographs and unreleased proofs for album covers and tour posters.
Auction highlights include:
David Bowie’s original handwritten lyrics to “The Jean Genie,” 1972, $50,000–$70,000
This rare piece consists of 18 lines of “The Jean Genie,” written in Bowie’s hand with black ballpoint pen on lined paper. The song was created to entertain model and Warhol associate, Cyrinda Foxe, in her New York apartment during his first U.S. tour, and represented “a smorgasbord of imagined Americana.” Released in 1972 as the lead single for the 1973 album Aladdin Sane, “The Jean Genie” became Bowie’s biggest hit at that time. The lyrics were given by Bowie as a gift to Neal Peters, the head of his American fan club. They have twice appeared at auction before, doubling in value each time (in 2010 the lyrics sold for $14,000, and in 2013 for over $27,000).
A high school yearbook signed by Jim Morrison, 1961, $4,000–$6,000
A rare 1961 edition of Morrison’s yearbook, “The Compass,” from George Washington High School in Alexandria, Virginia, was signed by the singer in blue ballpoint pen when he was a graduating senior. Morrison’s black and white photograph is among the senior class photos. The consignor, who attended the school from 1961 to 1964, asked fellow student Morrison to sign her yearbook in the spring of 1961.
The Rolling Stones large signed poster (extremely rare) from Decca Records, 1964, $60,000–$80,000
This French promotional poster, produced by Decca, was signed in black felt pen by Brian Jones, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts and in blue ink by Bill Wyman at the Locomotive nightclub in Paris in advance of their concert at the Olympia Theatre.
Meet the Beatles LP, signed by all four Beatles for Louise Harrison, 1964, $100,000–$150,000
An exceptionally rare promotional copy of The Beatles’ first U.S. release on Capitol Records, it was personally inscribed by all four members of the band for George Harrison’s sister, Louise Harrison.