JUDY GARLAND’S “WIZARD OF OZ” REHEARSAL RUBY SLIPPER, ELVIS CUSTOM SADDLE, MICHAEL JACKSON PEPSI SEQUINED JACKET AND JOHNNY CASH GUITAR PROTOTYPE HIGHLIGHT GLAMOROUS “LEGENDS: HOLLYWOOD AND MUSIC AUCTION
GWS Auctions Selling Exceptional Cache of Rare and Iconic Items of Entertainment Superstars
November 3, 2018-10 AM PDT
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – (October xx, 2018) Certain connections are cemented in our minds: Judy Garland and the ruby slippers from “The Wizard of Oz,” Michael Jackson and bejeweled costumes, Prince and purple, Johnny Cash and guitars sounding train-track rhythms. The “Legends: Hollywood and Music Auction” represents an impressive array of memorable and historically significant items inextricably linked to the most celebrated entertainment luminaries. GWS Auctions, which has set multiple records for its sales of superstar collectibles, will hold the event on November 3 at 10 am PDT.
The auction will also feature memorabilia from Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Elizabeth Taylor, Steve McQueen, John F. Kennedy, Al Pacino, the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Tupac and Hugh Hefner, among many other celebrity items. Additionally, the sale will include collectibles associated with such iconic movies as “Gone with the Wind” and “The Exorcist,” and a truly unusual offering…an urn space for four at the legendary Hollywood cemetery Forest Lawn, aka Disneyland for the Dead, and the final resting spot of Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor, Clark Gable, and a host of other notables.
“The outstanding provenance of these artifacts makes this an extraordinary auction,” says Brigitte Kruse, Founder of GWS Auctions, Inc. “We have some 275 items that will, without question, make history on auction day. We are known for our boutique celebrity auctions, from Elvis Presley to Judy Garland, from Michael Jackson to Marilyn Monroe. This auction has it all; it represents so many defining moments in entertainment history. Every piece has a story to tell.”
Highly coveted, the ruby slipper is a legendary item from one of the greatest films in cinema history, “The Wizard of Oz.” The auction is offering the right red rehearsal shoe—the same as the one actually filmed but without the applied sequins¬—worn by Judy Garland during practice sessions. In September, the FBI recovered a pair of ruby slippers worth millions used in the movie and stolen from the actress’s namesake museum 13 years ago. Both the rehearsal shoe and the purloined pair were originally part of the famed collection of costume designer Kent Warner.
Fans and collectors alike continue to seek out memorabilia celebrating the King of Pop. The auction will satisfy that hunger with a trove of items from Michael Jackson’s life and career, including the rare black sequined jacket used for his famed Pepsi commercial; handwritten and signed lyrics for “Bad,” “Thriller,” and “Billie Jean,” among other songs; loafers and a Bill Whitten-designed “Billie Jean” jacket worn on the Victory Tour; a BAD Tour sequined glove; a black fedora worn for the “Black or White” video;” an original Jackson signed drawing; and even a Joe Jackson Trust Bank Book from the Jackson 5 era. Completing the sale offerings: a set of Jackson 5 costumes designed by Boyd Clopton, previously displayed at the Grammy Museum.
The most unique lots of Elvis Presley artifacts ever offered by GWS Auctions in one single event includes the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s Circle G Ranch custom saddle, designed by Mike McGregor and used atop his beloved horses Rising Sun and Midnight. This is the first Presley saddle ever up for public sale. Other Presley items range from his personal 16-millimeter reels of the 1961 film “Blue Hawaii” to several valuable pieces of jewelry.
The sale highlights more than 30 items of clothing and ephemera related to another member of rock royalty, Prince. Included is a Prince owned-and-worn purple Versace suit, a paisley vest and an invitation to the flamboyant performer’s 24th birthday party.
A mother-of-pearl inlay spells out Johnny Cash along the neck of the Grammer Guitar, hand built by J.W. Gower as a prototype for the Man in Black. A collector acquired Cash’s instrument by persuading an armed security guard to take $25,000 and tell the country music legend he wanted to buy some old guitars. The guard returned with four guitars, including this one.
Cool cars, trucks and motorcycles have become a hallmark of GWS Auctions. Among the venerated vehicles for sale is the custom 1982 Yamaha XV920 motorcycle built for “Walking Dead” star Norman Reedus, which inspired the cycle he uses on the show, and Nicolas Cage’s 1978 Yamaha DT250 bike from the action thriller “The Rock.” Also up for auction are the ’69 Dodge Charger from the “Dukes of Hazzard” movie, a futuristic Chrysler prop driven by Colin Farrell in “Total Recall,” the 1983 Ford F-150 pick-up truck from “Hannah Montana: The Movie” signed by Miley and Billy Ray Cyrus, and country legend George Jones’ Jeep Wrangler.
Collectors interested in timeless movie classics can bid on Clark Gable’s signed contract for “Gone with the Wind,” Linda Blair’s prop crucifix from “The Exorcist,” and part of the contract inked by Al Pacino for “The Godfather Part II.”
Other highpoints of the “Legends: Hollywood and Music Auction” focus on such curious and unique collectibles as a Hugh Hefner signed copy of the first Playboy to feature Marilyn Monroe; a restraining order taken out by Elizabeth Taylor against her ex, Eddie Fisher; a signed contract by rapper Tupac Shakur; Steve McQueen’s personal license plate; a James Dean autograph; Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine stunt claws; a JFK dinner invitation from the night of the assassination; concert tickets from the Beatles’ final scheduled concert on August 29, 1966 at Candlestick Park and Jimi Hendrix’s 1968 Winterland Ballroom concert; a George Michael Fender Squier Bullet guitar; and a Les Paul signed Gibson Epiphone guitar, as well as many other items of interest.
And on a more macabre note, the auction will feature Charles Manson’s double signed personal check dated August 22, 1969, less than two weeks after the tragic Tate murders.
The “Legends: Hollywood and Music Auction” will take place live online beginning at
10am PDT on Saturday, November 3, 2018.
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ABOUT GWS AUCTIONS, INC.
GWS Auctions, Inc., are a Los Angeles-based, full-service auction, consignment and real estate company specializing in the sale of entertainment memorabilia, antiques, real estate, jewelry, collectibles and luxury vehicles. Owner Brigitte Kruse is the first woman auctioneer recognized in the Guinness Book of World Records and a member of the Forbes Los Angeles Business Council. GWS Auctions, Inc., offers a wide range of global experience in every phase of the auction business, including research, advertising, inventory management, security services, cataloging and sales. Offering competitive consignment rates with a dedicated team of experts, GWS Auctions, Inc., prides itself on superior auction experiences and services for both buyers and sellers. Previous auctions include an Elvis Presley jet, the first ever runway fashion show auction, legendary entertainment memorabilia featuring Marilyn Monroe, Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston, the world’s largest abandoned property auction, jewelry and collectibles from royal families and an extensive collection of Dalis, Picassos and Warhols. Information at www.gwsauctions.com