RELEASE: Relive A Century of Popular Culture at Christie's South Kensington in November

Press Release and highlights for the 29 November 2012 Relive A Century of Popular Culture Auction.

South Kensington, London - Christie’s is proud to present POP CULTURE, showcasing important memorabilia dating from every decade of the past century of popular culture from the ubiquitous industries of film and music, on 29 November 2012. Charting the history of cinema, from Charlie Chaplin, Anna May Wong and early Disney animation through to Skyfall, and the history of pop and rock and roll from Elvis through to Nirvana and The Beatles through to Madonna and Britney, the auction will offer costumes, props, photographs, original artwork, instruments and personal items. Featuring items previously worn, owned or played by rock, pop and Hollywood royalty the selection on offer provides collectors spanning several generations the opportunity to acquire a piece of memorabilia associated with their celebrity idols. Many of the items presented have never been offered at auction before.


The sale will comprise 160 lots with estimates for individual items ranging from £800 to £45,000; all items on offer will be available to view on exhibition at Christie’s Old Brompton Road galleries in South Kensington, London,  from 24 to 28 November 2012.


Please click on the PDF for the full press release including a broad selection of highlights.

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