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The Crying of Lot 205

Friday, April 10, was the 50th anniversary of the breakup of The Beatles, so what better day than that to buy stuff?

Specifically, Beatles’ stuff.

Let’s face it, there hasn’t been a whole lot of interest in the actual music being put out by the two remaining people who had been part of the band, so that’s not driving a whole lot of revenue for anyone.

So a wide array of things that were associated with the once Fab Four were put up for auction at Julien’s Auctions.

In case you are wondering, that business is not operated by John Lennon’s son: he’s Julian. According to the folks at Julien’s, it is “the world record-breaking auction house to the stars.”

(And as we have a bit of time on our collective hands as we shelter at home, let’s think about that “auction house to the stars” claim for a moment. Also according to the firm, it “received its second placement in the Guinness Book of World Records for the sale of the world’s most expensive dress ever sold at auction, the Marilyn Monroe ‘Happy Birthday Mr. President’ dress which sold for $4.81 million.” That happened in 2016. Ms. Monroe sang that song to John F. Kennedy in 1962. Ms. Monroe died that same year. So one of the claims to fame of the “auction house to the stars” has no benefit to the star in question, as both the star and the person to whom her slinky vocal stylings were directed have both been dead for more than 50 years. In addition to which, in terms of the auction that we will be looking at in a moment—honest, I will get out of this parenthetical remark soon—again, two of the stars are no longer with us, as John Lennon died in 1980 and George Harrison in 2001, so again, how are they going to benefit from the auction? In case you’re wondering about the first placement in the Guinness Book of World Records, that occurred in 2009, when it auctioned off a white glove that had been worn by Michael Jackson, “making it the most expensive glove ever sold at auction.” Jackson died in 2009. It isn’t clear whether the glove sold before or after his passing. And the whole notion of a glove being owned by him is not worth thinking about too hard, or at all, for that matter.)

Back to the auction of the Beatles’ related materials.

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Drive: John Lennon’s hearse up for sale

With the exceptions of Jan and Dean (well, Dean, anyway, as Jan moved on in 2004), The Cars, Gary Numan, and Sammy Hagar, I find the seeming fascination with and apparent love of automobiles and rock musicians to be somewhat incongruous. Sure, the Futurist Manifesto hailed the automobile as the symbol of something that is more dynamic that those things preserved from the past and would leave them covered in its dust—“We declare that the world’s wonder has been enriched by a fresh beauty: the beauty of speed. A racing car with its trunk adorned by great exhaust pipes like snakes with an explosive breath … a roaring car that seems to be driving under shrapnel, is more beautiful than the Victory of Samothrace”—but (1) Marinetti wrote that in 1909, years before Bill Haley saw the light of day in Highland Park, Michigan (which, curiously enough, is where the second Ford Motor factory was located) and (2) there is evidently a deep longing for many rock musicians, both practicing and arthritic, to be entombed in a museum near Lake Erie.

We recently saw that Roger Daltrey is working with Rolls-Royce. And we cited a Rolls that had been owned by John Lennon.

Now we learn of another Lennon automobile, a 1956 Austin Princess Type A135 that will be going on the auction block at the 46th Annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction, to be held Jan. 14-22, 2017, which is essentially the auto auction of all auto auctions.

The vehicle was extensively used in the 1972 documentary Imagine.

It is a somewhat bizarre car in that unlike most ordinary Austin Princesses (note: Austin was a British car manufacturer; this is not a reference to some cotillion in the capital of Texas), this one was fitted out by coachbuilder Arthur Mulliner Ltd. of North Hampton (if you were to draw a line like this: \ from Birmingham to London, North Hampton falls in the middle). . .with the body of a hearse.

Mind you, this wasn’t some Lennonian prank or tweak; the vehicle was built as a hearse and operated as one by Ann Bonham & Son mortuary.

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Buy the Whites Stripes Marimba

Whites Stripes Marimba

You’ve still got a few days to bid on the marimba used by the White Stripes on their 2005-06 Get Behind Me Satan world tour. All proceeds go to the Nashville Chapter of the Red Cross to help victims of the recent floods. At this time, the current bid is $3,050. Bidding closes on May 24.

Note, this is not the same marimba used to record the album: “that marimba was deemed too large and not red-and-white enough to be used by the band live.”

See Jack’s instrument in action below…

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Handwritten Lyrics for A Day in the Life Auctioned

On a Loop in Hell Some handwritten lyrics of the Beatles‘ “A Day in the Life” will hit the auction block in June, the BBC reports. Written by John Lennon in a couple types of ink (because one pen apparently ran out) and with corrections and notes throughout, the double-side sheet is expected to fetch around $700,000, just behind the current record holder for handwritten Beatles lyrics.

“According to [Sotheby’s], the current record for the sale of Beatles lyrics is All You Need Is Love, which fetched $1m (£655,450) in 2005.”

The lyrics go up for sale on June 18, in case anyone is looking for a birthday present for Paul McCartney.

The Beatles: Amazon, Insound, wiki

MGMT: Making of Kids video, Monster Auction

Video: MGMT – Making of "KIDS"

Everyone who saw MGMT’s “Kids” video—especially those of us with toddlers of our own—was at least slightly concerned for the psychological well being of the kid in the video. I assumed it was cleverly edited and that the kid wasn’t actually traumatized by monsters. But no, this new “making of” video shows they really let those monsters attack Baby Zachary, 18 months. Sure, he’s giggling between takes, but there are clearly moments when he’s upset.

The creepiest part is the faux interview with “Zack’s Mom” (played by Joanna Newsom) in which she discusses baby pilotes and how “age is really nothing but a number.” So convincing is Newson’s portrayal of a real yuppie mom, they actually had me going for a minute.

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Elvis Is Everywhere (Even Ancient Rome)

Elvis needs boats, Elvis needs boats...Irrefutable new evidence proves that Elvis Presley has been the King for a lot longer than conventionally believed. Are you Roman tonight? Statue of ‘Elvis’ chiselled 1800 years before his birth goes under the hammer:

With his dashing chiselled features, swept back hair and perky bouffant the resemblance is unmistakable.

But incredibly this carving of Elvis Presley was created around 1800 years before the King of Rock and Roll first warbled his first note.

The amazing likeness has come to light as part of a sale of ancient antiques by the auction house Bonhams. […]

The ‘Elvis’ sculpture is 2nd Century AD and is estimated to make £25,000 to £30,000.

This should come as no surprise to true Elvis fans who know that he was actually born long before the heyday of the Roman Empire.

I was born about ten thousand years ago

Ain’t nothing in this world that I don’t know

I saw old pharaoh’s daughter bring Moses from the water

I’ll lick the guy that says it isn’t so.

Velvet Underground Rarity under the Gavel

4-25-66A one-of-a-kind Velvet Underground acetate is being auctioned off on ebay. These are the legendary “lost Scepter Studios recordings” that include the original, unreleased versions of “European Son,” “Heroin,” “Venus In Furs,” and “I’m Waiting For The Man.” The other five tracks are the same takes that were released on Velvet Underground & Nico, but with different mixes.

There had been talk of Universal buying this and releasing it, but apparently that fell through… Current bid is $18,600.00 and bidding ends on December 8. If you’ve got some extra cash, buy this and upload the mp3s so we can all hear the first Velvets album as Andy Warhol originally intended it.

Via Percolator.

Last Known Photo of Lennon-McCartney SOLD

Corrected: The “last known” photograph of John Lennon and Paul McCartney together is for sale was sold in 2000. The image was taken at the recording of US singer Harry Nilsson’s album Pussy Cats in 1974, four years after the Beatles split up. John Lennon produced Pussy Cats during his “Lost Weekend” and McCartney stopped by unannounced.

Last Known Photo of Lennon-McCartney

The black and white photo was part of a collection of the late Who drummer Keith Moon’s memorabilia auctioned off in 2000.

But now there’s even more Keith Moon stuff going up for auction on November 21, 2006, through Christie’s. You can bid on some awesome flared pants, lots of gold records, a couple of diaries, and even some drums.

What Price Fame?

The pot into which Jerry shat...So now you can buy Jerry Garcia’s shitter on eBay (specifically from December 18 to 24, 2005). Oh, the humanity. In case you didn’t catch it, some guy bought a house that the man who has been, ideally, gratefully dead since 1995 lived in during the early ’90s and, evidently, gutted it. Consequently, there is the opportunity to get everything from the porcelain appliance to door pulls and other things that were within Garcia’s reach at some point in time. While the proceeds are going to a good cause, the Sophia Foundation, which helps kids from broken homes, it brings to rise the question of just how far people are sucked into the aura of stardom when it comes to musical demigods.

One could argue that if there is money to be made by selling the pot into which Jerry shat it is a far better thing than if the thing was otherwise recycled. But how far does one go into this realm?

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