In advance of Sotheby’s 10 December auction A Rock & Roll Anthology: From Folk to Fury, Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins talks about how living with rock & roll memorabilia is like being surrounded by old friends. He also offers his personal take on some of the highlights from the sale including an original awning from the legendary punk club CBGB.
NEW YORK – There are few images that sum up punk rock and the New York City music scene as succinctly as the CBGB logo, emblazoned on the famous club's awning. Opened by Hilly Kristal in 1973, CBGB – known formally as CBGB’s OMFUG "Country, Bluegrass, Blues and Other Music For Uplifting Gormandizers" – quickly became the world's most celebrated venue and “underground” rock scene, welcoming legendary acts such as the New York Dolls, Blondie, the Ramones, Patti Smith, the Talking Heads, Elvis Costello, the Cramps, the Dead Boys, the Misfits, the Voidoids, the Runaways and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. As part of the 10 December auction A Rock & Roll Anthology: From Folk to Fury, Sotheby's will offer a piece from the iconic club – one of the original awnings, which has been in the care of CBGB's former manager Drew Bushong. We spoke with Bushong about its history. LOT 25. CBGB. ORIGINAL HAND-PAINTED VINYL AWNING AS DISPLAYED ABOVE THE ENTRANCE OF HILLY KRISTAL'S CBGB OMFUG VENUE AT 315 BOWERY, NEW YORK CITY. ESTIMATE $25,000–35,000.
Join us by the fireplace and hear our wizardly storyteller read from a unique copy of The Tales of Beedle the Bard. Created, hand-written and illustrated by J.K. Rowling, the story contains clues that were crucial to Harry Potter’s final mission. This rare presentation copy also contains a personal inscription by the author to the British publisher who launched her career. The manuscript will be offered for sale at Sotheby’s in London on 13 December.
BBC Proms host Katie Derham explores the remarkable provenance of the highest estimated musical manuscript ever to appear at auction. Learn what inspired Mahler from his biographer Norman Lebrecht, watch conductor Sir Mark Elder interpret Mahler’s distinctive handwriting, and discover how American businessman Gilbert Kaplan became so infatuated with the symphony he dedicated his life to learning how to conduct it. The manuscript will be sold as part of Sotheby’s bi-annual Music and Continental Books and Manuscripts sale in London on 29 November.
The Travel, Atlases, Maps and Natural History sale in London on 15 November includes the two greatest books on Egypt: David Roberts’s Holy Land & Egypt (a rare hand-coloured subscriber’s copy), and a first edition of the monumental Description de l’Egypte. Egypt is also represented in a very scarce book, La Vallée du Nil, illustrated with over 100 original photographs taken in 1860 by Henry Cammas, the protégé of the Orientalist and explorer Koenig Bey, to whom this copy is inscribed. Click ahead to see some of the stunning images featured in the books. LAUNCH SLIDESHOW
A rare presentation copy of The Tales of Beedle the Bard, created, hand-written and illustrated by Harry Potter author JK Rowling, will feature in the English Literature, History, Children’s Books and Illustrations sale on 13 December.
On 18 January 2017, Sotheby’s New York will offer Alexander Hamilton: An Important Family Archive of Letters and Manuscripts. With a meteoric rise in recognition and popularity over the last fifteen years, Hamilton’s story has captured the popular imagination to an extent almost unprecedented for an historical figure. The sale, the first of its kind, will tell the story of his brief but momentous life through hundreds of documents that have descended in the family for the last two centuries. A LOCK OF ALEXANDER HAMILTON'S HAIR, WITH A LETTER OF PRESENTATION FROM HIS WIFE, ELIZA. ESTIMATE $15,000–25,000. PHILIP SCHUYLER, CONDOLENCE LETTER SIGNED, TO HIS DAUGHTER ELIZA HAMILTON, FOLLOWING ALEXANDER HAMILTON'S DEATHER IN THE DUEL WITH AARON BURR. ESTIMATE $15,000–25,000.
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