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Auction Celebrates – Elvis Presley’s Last Cadillac, Michael Jackson’s Missing Glove, Whitney Houston’s Gown, Marilyn Monroe, Bruce Lee, Lady Gaga, “I Love Lucy,” “Wizard of Oz” and More
“Legends: Iconic Film & Music Memorabilia”
Saturday, August 25, 2018-10:00 a.m. PDT
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – (July xx, 2018) – On Saturday, August 25, 2018, GWS Auctions will celebrate some of the world’s most idolized stars of music and film at the “Legends: Iconic Film & Music Memorabilia Auction.” From never-before-offered rare Elvis Presley memorabilia to screen goddess Marilyn Monroe collectibles, over 125 items will sell to the highest bidder at the highly anticipated one-day auction. The “Legends” event also features Movie and Celebrity owned vehicles, items from “Mary Poppins,” “Titanic,” Frank Sinatra, “Forrest Gump,” “Scarface,” Bruce Lee, Audrey Hepburn, and many others who continue to represent remarkable eras of Hollywood and the music industry’s brightest moments.
On an inspirational note, Elvis Presley’s personal Gideon Bible with underlined passages made by the King himself. Additionally, the racquet used by Elvis Presley to play racquetball with his beloved cousin and best friend Billy Smith the day before he passed away—the first time this item has ever come up for auction. Among these incredibly important Elvis items is also the well documented 1977 Sea-Mist Green Cadillac Seville, which is the last vehicle purchased by The King of Rock n’ Roll before his death. Other extraordinary auction highlights sure to draw attention are the “Missing” bejeweled Michael Jackson glove created for Jackson by his costume designer that has never been offered at auction after it was locked in a storage unit for over a decade, a Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown wedding invitation; a gold watch given to Sharon Tate by her mother before her tragic murder by the followers of Charles Manson, and an original Munchkin coat with its MGM label made for the “The Wizard of Oz.”
The “Legends: Iconic Film & Music Memorabilia” auction will take place on Saturday, August 25, at 10 a.m. PDT. Bidders may participate online by visiting www.gwsauctions.com.
“These icons may be gone, but they certainly are not forgotten,” says GWS Auctions’ lead auctioneer and co-founder Brigitte Kruse. “The public continues to have an ongoing connection to these legendary artists, many of them taken from us far too soon. What contributes to the escalating value for collectors is the personal style and stories connected to these items. They help us recall the moments that make these performers and assets so treasured and compelling. We are honored and thrilled to be able to offer these items for auction worldwide.”
Other Elvis Presley highlights include his sunglasses with 14K white gold accents and prescription lenses; the last car he bought before his death, which was a 1977 Sea Green Cadillac; a magnificent stage worn Ankh necklace that comes complete with photos; a 14K yellow gold TCB (Taking Care of Business) necklace and a 2.15 cwt. Pave diamond and solid 14K yellow and white gold ring given to his longtime physician Elias Ghanem.
An auction of this caliber would not be complete without a selection of items honoring the King of Pop…Michael Jackson. GWS Auctions will also offer an iridescent crystal glove worn on stage by Jackson; an array of items worn on tour by Michael and his bandmates, and a costume trunk from Jackson’s 1984 Victory tour that was previously on display at the Grammy™ Museum.
The impressive group of Whitney Houston collectibles being offered contains the red velvet Marc Bouwer gown worn for an “I Will Always Love You” performance¬¬ that has been on display at the Grammy™ Museum Experience at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, and a custom in-ear monitor created specifically for the singer. The high bidder of the Houston gown will have the opportunity to contract with the museum to have the piece remain on exhibit at the gallery.
One of the most memorable moments in all cinematic history is the Munchkins singing down the “yellow brick road.” At the top of the auction list of truly incomparable movie memorabilia is an Adrian designed Munchkin coat with the original MGM label made for the production of “The Wizard of Oz.” The film is the Holy Grail for movie collectors.
It’s only one of several pieces from cinema classics, including engine room workers’ coveralls, belt, oil rag and can and the White Star Line passenger information booklet from the blockbuster “Titanic,” still among the highest-grossing movies of all time; the white cotton sleeveless top with lace pink ribbon neckline and silk underskirt worn by Julie Andrews in “Mary Poppins,” that peeks through the well-known seersucker dress as she sings the beloved “A Spoon Full of Sugar;” Patrick’s Stewart’s Starfleet uniform from “Star Trek: First Contact;” Al Pacino’s silver cocaine tooter from “Scarface;” A forest green fur stole used by Lady Gaga in “American Horror Story: Hotel,” Bubba’s military fatigue shirt and hat from “Forrest Gump;” a Tom Hanks prop key from “The Green Mile;” Lori Petty’s uniform from “A League of Their Own;” Audrey Hepburn’s Bakelite cigarette holder; Lucille Ball’s ukulele and a dress from “I Love Lucy;” Bruce Lee’s tank top, as pictured in an accompanying and touching photo of the martial arts legend teaching Kung Fu to his late son Brandon Lee; Frank Sinatra’s sheet music; Louis Armstrong’s cigarette case; James Cagney’s boxing gloves; and Salvador Dali’s paint palette.
Famous vehicles of the big screen will also be offered at the auction, among them is the “Fast and Furious” Vin Diesel Charger and Buick Grand National; Jet Li’s futuristic police SWAT van from “The One;” a “Herbie” Volkswagen bug; Rob Zombie’s RV from “31;” and a custom- made traveling trailer that is a scale model of Graceland.
Legends: Iconic Film & Music Memorabilia
Saturday, August 25 at www.gwsauctions.com/ at 10 AM PDT.
Items available for public preview at GWS Auctions’ office in Agoura Hills, CA, by appointment only. To make an appointment, please call: 760-610-4175.
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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. www.gwsauctions.com
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