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Butterfield & Butterfield
220 San Bruno Ave.
Thursday 10/2 10am - 5pm
Friday 10/3 10 am- 5 pm
Saturday 10/4 at 1:00pm
All free to public, auction catalog priced at $25
Rock memorabilia from the Summer of Love fills the preview space at Butterfield & Butterfield's San Francisco gallery October 2-3 when colorful posters, rare photos, played and signed instruments and other unique collectibles are displayed prior to the Summer of Love auction set for October 4 at 1:00 p.m.
It's a Charity Auction
In the spirit of the Sixties, consignors of property are being encouraged to donate a portion of the sale's proceeds to participating non-profit organizations serving Northern California: the Haight Ashbury Free Clinics, Bread & Roses, Wavy Gravy's Camp Winnarainbow Scholarship Fund and The Bill Graham Foundation.
Grateful Dead House up for sale The Dead's house was featured in a story in the very first issue of Rolling Stone that described a police raid on 710 Ashbury culminating in the arrest of several band members for marijuana possession. The story was illustrated with a photograph of the band on the front steps of the house. Through the years, the house's history has been chronicled in numerous books written about the era and the band. When the Dead's leader Jerry Garcia died, letters and flowers were sent to 710 Ashbury, even though he hadn't lived there for more than 25 years. The home remains a landmark address that evokes fond memories of a San Francisco era that changed the consciousness and lifestyles of a generation.
With "Pearl" in mind Among the more than 330 Summer of Love Auction lots to be sold are black & white photographs of the number one female rock and blues artist of all time. Janis Joplin was inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and these auction items are likely to attract the interest of fans and collectors. A Janis Joplin photo signed by famed photographer Herb Greene is expected to fetch $400 to $500 while two images of the vocalist offered together depict Joplin in 1966 and 1968 and were shot in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park by rock photographer Jim Marshall (pre-sale estimate $1,000/2,000). A 16x20 inch Joplin picture with legendary concert promoter Bill Graham used in his biography is signed and expected to bring $300 to $500. The highlight of these historic images is likely to be the provocative Janis Joplin nude signed by Bob Seidemann, 1967, expected to sell for $2,000 to $2,250.
Many Highlights Jerry Garcia handwritten lyrics to Loose Lucy, John Lennon and Yoko Ono handwritten postcards to Huey Newton, the original draft for Yellow Submarine screenplay, Janis Joplin photos, historic Grateful Dead photos, Garcia original artwork, posters by Stanley Mouse, Silver, the Hog Farm Commune's bus, John Lennon's portable organ, played instruments from Joni Mitchell, the Monkees, the Beach Boys, Cream, The Who. Much more...
Original art by Peter Max, Rick Griffin, Michael Bowen and Wes Wilson will be offered to the highest bidder as will a painting by 1960s artist "Arab" depicting Ken Kesey's bus as if it were on exhibit at the Louvre. Portfolios and photographs of the era's VIPs by Jim Marshall, Gene Anthony, Baron Wolman, Herb Greene, Grant Jacobs, Bob Seidmann and Lisa Law will be offered with memorabilia from the Charlatans, Rolling Stone magazine and its hip predecessor Crawdaddy...
Contact: Levi Morgan (415) 861-7500 ext. 348 (213) 850-7500 ext. 216 Page: 800-596-3146
Something's Happenin' Here: Rock 'n' Roll and Hollywood Memorabilia at Butterfields
22 September, 1997 San Francisco... Rock memorabilia fills the preview space at Butterfield & Butterfield's San Francisco gallery October 2-3 when colorful posters, rare photos, played and signed instruments and other unique collectibles are displayed prior to the Summer of Love auction set for October 4 at 1:00 p.m. Additional memorabilia to be sold in Los Angeles on October 12-13 will be on display in San Francisco featuring images of classic Hollywood legends such as Marilyn Monroe and Greta Garbo along with contemporary film props. The LA preview of this property begins October 10-12 in Butterfield's Sunset Boulevard gallery.Summer of Love
Fans and collectors of music memorabilia will preview the 336 lots of rock 'n' roll material valued at more than a half million dollars (not counting the Grateful Dead house at 710 Ashbury expected to fetch $990,000) prior to the start of bidding Saturday, October 4. Among the many colorful and significant items reminiscent of the '60s and the Summer of Love are guitars signed by Eric Clapton (and others est. $1,000/1,500), Neil Young (and others est. $800/1,200), Donovan (est. $600/800) and Joni Mitchell (est. $700/900). Rare concert posters range from a Beatles at Candlestick Park, 1967, poster expected to bring $1,500 to $1,700, to original artwork for posters - the original art to a Family Dog poster featuring the Butterfield Blues Band is estimated at $12,000 to $15,000.
The auction features hand-pulled prints by Jerry Garcia with both Fish and Fish II expected to fetch $4,000 to $5,000 each. Original artwork will be offered by Stanley Mouse, R. Crumb and Gary (Arab) Finnoe's oil and acrylic painting of Ken Kesey's bus "Further" as if it were on display at the Louvre (est. $25,000/35,000). The fully-restored psychedelic painted 1947 Chevy bus "Silver" will be offered. The bus was part of the Hog Farm commune's caravan of buses used in the '60s (est. $40,000/50,000).
Photographs which captured images as unique as the times will be offered, with a Grace Slick print by Herb Greene (est. $400/500), a 16 by 20 inch photo of George Harrison in heart-shaped shades (est. $300/500) and several images of Janis Joplin, whose photos are being offered on the anniversary of her death. A Janis Joplin nude signed by photographer Bob Seidemann is expected to bring $2,000 to $2,250.
Two hand-written postcards from John Lennon and Yoko Ono to Huey Newton expressing their admiration for the Black Panthers begin "Dear Comrade Huey..." and end with "all power to the people, love John and Yoko" and are expected to bring $5,000 to $7,000. A portable organ purchased by John Lennon during the Beatles visit to India and used to compose songs for the White Album should sell for $12,000 to $14,000. -more-Rock and Hollywood Glamour at Butterfields Entertainment Memorabilia
Glamorous images of "Old Hollywood" are to be offered in Los Angeles October 12 and 13 when nearly 1,000 lots come up on the block with a pre-sale estimate of just under a million dollars. Classic images of Marilyn Monroe (seen dressed and undressed in nearly 70 lots) were shot by her photographer friends. An oversized color photo of the "blond bombshell" reclining nude on a mattress signed by Bert Stern is expected to bring $1,500 to $2,000. As Marilyn Monroe material is highly collectible, (gentlemen prefer blonds?) much bidder interest is anticipated.
Other photographs likely to interest collectors and fans stem from George Hurrell and include his portrait work of Joan Crawford, Katherine Hepburn, Marlene Dietrich, Tyrone Power and Bette Davis (most est. $1,000/2,000). Six semi-nude images shot in LA's Griffith Park of Jean Harlow by Edwin Bower Hesser will be offered, as will multiple lots of Clarence S. Bull photographs.
The auction is rich in costumes, sketches and props ranging from classic motion pictures to contemporary releases. The full-length original oil painting of the young Dorian Gray featured in the 1945 MGM Academy Award winner The Picture of Dorian Gray (est. $10,000/$15,000) will be offered. Sharon Stone's costume from 1995's Universal release Casino (est. $3,000/$5,000) is a sure bet and one of the many evil space aliens featured in the farce Mars Attacks (Warner Bros., 1996) is estimated at $2,000 to $2,500. A 12-piece collection of original color artwork from Gone With the Wind (MGM, 1967 re-release) depicting Rhett proposing to Scarlett, Atlanta burning, Scarlett and Rhett dancing at Confederate Ball as well as portraits of the actors, should sell for $8,000 to $10,000.
A large collection of costume designs for Lana Turner, Marlene Dietrich and other's characters including "The Duke" will be included in the October 12-13 auction. A group of 1930s and '40s driver's license applications completed and signed by Greta Garbo, Clark Gable, Carole Lombard, Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy and others and a collection of vintage letters and memorabilia from producer William Frye should interest bidders. Other highlights include a large selection of personal memorabilia from the Estate of Lana Turner as well as items from the Estate of Rosalind Russell.
A section of the sale will be devoted to rock 'n' roll collectibles with concert posters, Elvis Presley jewelry, signed and played instruments from James Brown, Garth Brooks and The Police offered. A Jackson 5 signed photo includes signatures of Janet and LaToya as well (est. $800/1,200) while a 40-page portfolio presentation book from Pink Floyd's film The Wall, 1982, is expected to fetch $3,000 to $5,000.
For more information please contact
Michael Schwartz for Ent. Mem. 213-850-7500 ext. 295
Eric Christensen for Summer of Love 415-861-7500 ext. 261