South Kensington Results:POP CULTURE: Rock and Roll Memorabilia, 12 June 2012

Rock & Roll Memorabilia
South Kensington – Tuesday, 12 June 2012
Sale no: 6159 – Top Three
[All sold prices include buyer’s premium]





Lots Sold:  177

Lots Offered: 222

Sold by Lot: 80%

Sold by £: 92%

Exchange Rate£:= $1.546  /  €1.237




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Purchase Price




Roy Buchanan/Jeff Beck

A 1951 Telecaster electric guitar, in blonde finish owned and used by Roy Buchanan and later by Jeff Beck in the 1980s




European Trade


The Beatles

A rare and important early hand-painted concert poster for The Beatles at the Cavern Club, 1962




US Prviate


The Rolling Stones

A long-sleeved Nehru-style shirt of silver lame, worn by Brian Jones in the late 1960s





Comment: Helen Hall, Consultant Specialist and Caitlin Graham, Junior Specialist said:

“Christie’s June auction of Rock and Roll Memorabilia was extremely well-received with a buzzing saleroom throughout the afternoon and many pieces selling above estimate. Online interest was received for over half of the lots, with 56% of the sale bought or directly underbid online, including lot 227 which sold for £20,000 to a UK online bidder. Outfits previously belonging to British rockers proved incredibly popular with pieces once worn by The Rolling Stones and The Who, as well as designs by London boutique Granny Takes a Trip achieving very strong prices. The Beatles section of the sale also performed well, led by an original hand-painted poster advertising one of the band’s first ever gigs at the Cavern Club selling for £27,500 to new client to Christie’s.”

Leonie Pitts                    +44 (0)20 7752 3121              

The next Pop Culture sale will be held on 13 November 2012.

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*Please note when quoting estimates above that other fees will apply in addition to the hammer price - see Section D of the Conditions of Sale at the back of the sale catalogue.

*Estimates do not include buyer’s premium. Sales totals are hammer price plus buyer’s premium and are reported net of applicable fees.