Post by yerblues1968 on Nov 3, 2008 0:40:51 GMT -5
LENNON'S ORGAN TO BE AUCTIONED
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
An organ once played by John Lennon is to go under the hammer at a music memorabilia auction in New York.
The portable organ the late Beatle played during the group's 1965 appearance at Shea Stadium, New York, is expected to fetch 150,000 to 200,000 dollars when it is auctioned at Christie's on November 24.
Other lots include a scrawled flier for one of the Clash's first shows and publicity photos signed by the Sex Pistols.
The event includes more than 120 records, photos and promotional pieces for such punk, garage rock and new wave legends as the Velvet Underground, Patti Smith, the Ramones, David Bowie, Blondie, The Cure and The Smiths.
The auction is Christie's first to focus on punk mementoes.
"We understand that tastes change, tastes mature," said Christie's pop culture chief Simeon Lipman.
"Ten years ago, punk memorabilia probably wouldn't be something we'd be auctioning here. But now, people of a certain age have a certain ability to splurge on this material."