10 Outrageous Items From the Sothebys Rock and Roll History Auction
  • MONDAY, JUNE 23, 2014

  • Posted by: Emily Geiger

The latest auction from the global art sellers Sothebys is entitled "A Rock & Roll History: Presley to Punk," and it offers all that you would assume given the title, auctioning off everything from concert posters, original manuscripts, awards, clothes, and even instruments. We have compiled a list of the 10 most outrageous items, along with their expected prices, that can be yours one day so, if you have the means of course. But as we put together this list of iconography of the rock gods, we couldn't help but question whether or not so much musical history should be auctioned off in this format to individuals instead of making the items somehow available for public enjoyment. But no matter our misgivings, these items will be scattered to the winds starting at 10AM on June 24.

1. Paul McCartney, original manuscript for "Maxwell's Silver Hammer": $250,000-350,000.



2. Kurt Cobain, guitar used as smashed in concert, 1989: $30,000-40,000.



3. Elvis Presley, peacock jumpsuit, 1974: $200,000-300,000.



4. Bob Dylan, original working autograph manuscript of "Like a Rolling Stone," 1965: $1,000,000-2,000,000.



5. U2, Grammy Award for "Streets Have No Name" Video, 1988: $10,000-15,000.



6. Roy Orbison Tribute Guitar played and autographed by Bob Dylan, Iggy Pop, Levon Helm, T. Bone Burnett and others, 1990: $25,000-35,000.



7. John Lennon, collection of 15 drawings to illustrate his wedding and honeymoon with Yoko Ono, 1970: $20,000-30,000.



8. Joni Mitchell, portrait of Bob Dylan, 1969: $7,000-10,000.



9. Jimi Hendrix, The Forgotten Contract with PPX Enterprises, in which Hendrix signs for one dollar, 1965: $100,000-200,000.



10. James Brown, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Award: $7,000-9,000.



You can check out the full catalogue of items being auctioned off here.

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