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About Auction House

Darren Julien is the founder of Julien's Auctions and President/Chief Executive Officer. A third-generation entrepreneur, Darren has been in the auction industry for his entire business career. As CEO he is charged with the overall vision and expansion of the Julien’s brand. He is also responsible for creating, planning, implementing and integrating the strategic direction of the organization and heads the Global Leadership team. He is a graduate of the Reppert School of Auctioneering which was established in 1921 and earned a Reppert Diploma, a sign of excellence in the field. It is his e...Read More
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    Marilyn Monroe Check Register and Pelé-signed Jerseys Lead Julien’s Upcoming Sale

    An iconic actor, singer and model, Marilyn Monroe was an influential celebrity who made use of her public image. A black wire-bound checkbook issued for Monroe's personal account at Irving Trust Company, New York City is a key highlight of the upcoming sale, presented by Julien's Auctions. Labeled "Marilyn Monroe (Personal) / Irving Trust Co. / 4/6/61 - to - 7/14/61," it has check numbers 1652 through 1765. The notebook also includes two loose pages featuring other financial calculations. Recipients of payments from her account included Dr. James Kenney, Vendome, and Hermans Empire Moving & Storage.  Another striking lot is a reference model from the production of Michael Jackson's anthology film Moonwalker. With a sharp jawline and cheekbones, the model features silver paint over a fiberglass and plaster body. This model served as a guide for design throughout the transitional shots of a sequence in the movie. The lot also includes a DVD of the film. Additionally, the sale features several noteworthy Pelé-signed jerseys and a boxed set auction catalog from a limited-edition of 500. The three-volume Pelé collection includes photos and details of items offered at the 2016 auction. To view the complete catalog and register to bid online, visit Julien's Auctions.

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    Automaton Used in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Sells for $2.5 Million at Julien’s Auctions

    The recent Icons & Idols Hollywood Legends, Rebels, Heroes, & Extra Terrestrials sale from Julien's Auctions of Beverly Hills, CA was a star-studded event from start to finish. This two day auction, held on December 17 and 18, 2022, featured 1,500 lots of props, materials, and ephemera and realized over USD 8.5 million. Notably, an automaton used in the making of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial sold for over $2 million. Lot #1052, an E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial mechatronic E.T. character prop. Image courtesy of Julien’s Auctions. It's no surprise that the "academy award" of this auction was lot #1052, an E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial mechatronic E.T. character. Estimated at $2 million to $4 million, it sold for $2.56 million and generated 13 bids. This automaton was made in 1982 and starred in Steven Spielberg's iconic 1982 film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. It was made from duralumin, a metal alloy made from aluminum, copper, and other materials. The figure featured 85 points of articulation overall, including 32 which enabled it to create lifelike facial expressions. And we all know how important those endearing, heartbreaking, and inspirational moments were to the story! During filming, this E.T. required up to a dozen different engineers to bring him to life though radio and mechanically controlled operations. Just imagine what it took to make his impossibly long and narrow fingers bend and point in such lifelike ways! E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial was an instant blockbuster upon its release and held the record as the highest grossing film of all time through 1993. Its production budget was $10.5 million; it would go on to make nearly $795 million at the box office. In 1994, the movie was added to the United States National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. Lot #82, Charlton Heston's The Ten Commandments Moses staff. Image courtesy of Julien’s Auctions. Another notable highlight from the auction was unquestionably of biblical proportions. Here we have lot #82, Charlton Heston's The Ten Commandments Moses staff. Estimated at $20,000 to $30,000, it traded hands at $448,000– nearly 15 times its low estimate! It generated 31 bids. This 83-inch long prop…

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    Julien’s Auctions to Offer Michael Martin Murphey’s Signed Yamaha Acoustic Guitar with Handwritten ‘Wildfire’ Lyrics

    American pop music culture surged in popularity and reached its creative pinnacle in 1975.  In that year, music artists including John Denver and Michael Martin Murphey delivered a string of hits. Murphey’s song “Wildfire” became the highest-charting pop hit in the USA. Julien’s Auctions is now offering a black Yamaha acoustic guitar that carries Michael Murphey’s handwritten ‘Wildfire’ lyrics. Enclosed in a hard black case, the song title comes in large block lettering with the exclusive signature of the artist. The song lyrics in gold marker are engraved on the upper and lower bout of the guitar body.  Another lot of interest is an Epiphone acoustic guitar with handwritten ‘Peter Pan’ lyrics by country pop singer-songwriter Kelsea Ballerini. "Peter Pan," the third single from Ballerini’s debut studio album The First Time (2015), was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The song remains the biggest-selling single of Ballerini’s career. A sheet of lyrics of Walker Hayes’ hit song "Fancy Like," signed and handwritten by Hayes, and a white George Strait Signature Resistol cowboy hat with handwritten lyrics for "Blue Clear Sky" by songwriter Bob DiPiero are other interesting items on the sale. Visit Julien’s Auctions to browse the full catalog and register to place a bid.

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    Explore Iconic Collectibles From Betty White’s Life and Career in Upcoming Julien’s Auctions Event

    Betty White was an award-winning American actress, comedian, and author. White’s career began during the Golden Age of Television and stretched for seven decades. She was notable for her work on and off camera. The actress was also well-known for supporting LGBTQ+ rights and animal welfare. The upcoming Julien’s Auctions event features collectibles from Betty White’s life and career. One highlight is an oil painting by Sir Henry Edwin Landseer. Waiting For His Master portrays a King Charles spaniel sitting beside a red velvet ottoman. Landseer’s animal paintings were notable for their sentimental aspect and accurate anatomy. The painting was formerly owned by Betty White.  Also showcased is a needlepoint wall hanging completed by Betty White featuring butterflies and birds. During a TGB interview, the interviewer observed needlepoint all around White’s home. When asked about it, White explained, “she and her husband would often relax with their favorite drink and discuss their day, while the actress worked on her needlepoint works.” The available wall hanging depicts exotic birds placed on floral branches. The needlepoint project has a brown border with flower-patterned details. The wall hanging also comes with an image of the actress posing beside the wall hanging, as well as a feature in the October 1974 issue of Woman's World magazine. The magazine piece on White covers her interest in needlepoint and the available wall hanging. The auction also presents a first draft for the pilot of The Golden Girls teleplay. The television series was a prominent part of White’s acting career. The script comes with a note reading, “Dear Betty-the first draft for your files!!” from her agent. Collectors can explore the entire catalog and register to bid online on Julien’s Auctions’ website.

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    Handwritten Letters From Notorious Gangsters Al Capone & Bugsy Siegal Among Top Selling Lots in Julien’s Auctions Sale

    Battle of the Little Bighorn: George Custer 1863, Manhattan Revolver sold for $28,000. Image courtesy of Julien’s Auctions. Some notorious people fascinate the public even centuries after their deaths. The most infamous among them were gangsters Ben ”Bugsy” Siegel, Meyer ”The Little Man” Lansky, Tony ”The Ant” Spilotro, Sam “MoMo” Giancana, Charlie “Lucky” Luciano, and, of course, Al Capone (“Scarface”). The Godfather, Goodfellas, and Scarface were movies based on these real-life figures. Their stories built Italian American Mafia folklore in the American consciousness, changed pop culture, and gripped people’s imaginations. From American organized crime figures to astronauts and historic Wild West Americana, a collection of personal artifacts went under the hammer last month with Julien’s Auctions. Jay Bloom, the billionaire founder of the Las Vegas Mob Experience, presented his prized collection in the Gangsters, Cowboys, Politicians and Astronauts auction. The sale also offered jewelry, correspondence, firearms, home movies, hand-written notebooks, and more. Auction Daily takes a look at some of the top lots sold. An original three-page handwritten letter by Al Capone while imprisoned at Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary was a top selling lot. Image courtesy of Julien’s Auctions. A Handwritten Letter From Al Capone “I am like any other man, all I do is supply a demand,” were the words of Al Capone or “Public Enemy No. 1.” Alphonse Gabriel Capone was one of nine children born to hard-working Italian immigrant parents in Brooklyn. A young Capone would choose a completely different path for himself: a life of crime. He acquired the nickname “Scarface” after getting attacked with a knife for complimenting a woman who wasn’t interested in him, but his friends called him “Snorky” for always dressing sharply. Capone disliked both nicknames. His money came from illegal activities like bootlegging, prostitution, murders, and other crimes. He had politicians, law enforcement, lawyers, and judges bribed to keep himself and his henchman out of trouble. But in the 1920s, at the peak of his career, Capone was imprisoned and his mental health deteriorated. He had contracted syphilis at 18, which went untreated and caught up with him in prison.  A hand-written letter from Al Capone to his…

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    Julien’s Auctions Presents Works by Helmut Newton and Bernard Buffet

    Bernard Buffet’s paintings predominantly incorporate figurative and graphic compositions. In an attempt to address the importance of representational art, Buffet rejected the concept of abstract style which was dominating the art market at that time. His works revolved around the themes of death, pop culture, sexuality, and politics. A portrait of a woman by Buffet is available in the Property From the Estate of Robert Evans Online Only Auction, presented by Julien’s Auctions. The sketch was executed in 1949. According to the lot essay, this drawing appears in the living room of Woodland in the film The Kid Stays in the Picture. The upcoming auction also includes work by notable 19th-century photographers like Helmut Newton. The fashion photographer from Berlin collaborated with renowned publications such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Playboy, and Elle. Newton was mostly active between the 1950s and 1960s. His works can be characterized by the theme of sexuality. One offered image shows two women dancing intimately in front of a fountain. View all the listed items on Julien’s Auctions and register to place a bid.

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    Manny’s Music’s “Hall of Fame” Signed Photos of Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Nicks, and Others Presented by Julien’s Auctions

    After nearly 75 years serving the musical needs of rock ‘n roll greats such as KISS, Elton John, The Allman Brothers, Black Sabbath, and others, New York City’s Manny’s Music closed its doors forever. Saxophone salesman Manny Goldrich opened the legendary guitar store on Midtown Manhattan’s Music Row in 1935. After his 1968 death, ownership remained within the family until his grandchildren sold the company to Sam Ash in 1999. Now, items from Manny’s Music are coming to the market.  It took just four years for Jimi Hendrix to become widely recognized as the greatest and most influential electrical guitarist in rock ‘n roll’s history. In an upcoming sale, Julien’s Auctions will feature a pair of 1969 photocopied sale receipts of purchases made by Jimi Hendrix from Manny’s Music, both containing the musician’s signature. Included with the receipts is a paper titled Manny’s Music: Jimi’s Favorite Shop! Also offered is a black and white photograph of Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac. The framed photo is inscribed “Henry – Your Stevie Nicks” and is signed by the artist. View the auction’s contents and register to bid by visiting Julien’s Auctions.

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    The One That You Want at Julien’s Auctions: Personal Items From Olivia Newton-John

    In her recording career, singer and songwriter Olivia Newton-John has won four Grammy Awards and has been at the top of the charts in both the US and Britain. Eleven of her singles and 14 of her albums have been certified Gold by the RIAA, and she has global sales of over 100 million records. Newton-John is also an actress and entrepreneur. It is her role as an activist that brings items from her collection to the bidding table in the Olivia Newton-John Online Only Auction, offered by Julien’s Auctions. A portion of the proceeds will support the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund for holistic cancer research and treatment programs.  The auction includes career-related and personal items as well as special experiences, such as two lots that allow the winner a personal Zoom chat with Newton-John herself. Among the collectible lots are the Totally Hot Canadian Record Award and the RIAA Gold Record award for “You’re the One That I Want.” There are also several items related to Newton-John’s star turn in the movie Grease, including a Grease 20th Anniversary leather jacket signed by Olivia Newton-John, John Travolta, and many members of the original cast; a collection of signed items related to her portrayal of Sandy, such as a pink satin jacket customized to resemble a Pink Ladies jacket; several lots of signed vintage records, and more. View any of these lots and register to bid on Julien’s Auctions. 

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    Possessions of Golden Era’s Tap Dancing Legend Ann Miller at Julien’s Auctions

    Ann Miller tap-danced her way onto the global stage and into people's hearts. Part Cherokee, Miller was born Johnnie Lucille Collier in 1923 in Texas. As a kid, Johnnie or Ann was fond of dancing and even received tap-dancing shoes as a gift, which she nicked named Moe and Joe. Her tap dance routines caught the eye of many Hollywood and Broadway producers when she was just 13. Ann Miller was a stage name that the star acquired after her career took off. Miller became a megastar during the Golden Era of the MGM musicals. This December, Julien's Auctions is bringing prized possessions from the star’s estate including her dance costumes. A one-piece royal blue silk ensemble worn by Miller is available at the auction. It is adorned with same-color sequins, has bishop sleeves, palazzo-style pants, an open back with spaghetti straps, a style that Miller loved. The auction has a lot of vintage photographs, letters, scrapbooks, make-up items, corsets, perfumes, and more from Miller’s estate. Among photographs, an original print depicting the 18-year-old Ann is available in the auction. It was for her grandmother whom she promised to look after in the picture, a promise she kept. A note penned by Ginger Rogers for Miller is a notable lot in the auction. It is written on personalized stationery in black felt-tip ink. Dated Mar 16, 1994,  the letter in parts read, “To my darling Ann Miller /Just know I love you and am very proud of you. / My ever-present blessings to you dear!” Ginger Rogers was a close friend of Miller’s. The two legends met in 1937 when they danced together in an RKO drama called Stage Door. Their friendship would last 58years. Find the catalog on Julien's Auctions and register to place a bid.

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    Lucille Ball Memorabilia Headlines Latest Julien’s Auctions Sale

    Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz preparing on set for I Love Lucy. Photo from Ruth Orkin/mptv Images. Today, many remember Lucille Ball for the 1950s sitcom I Love Lucy. That is not without good reason. The show created a blueprint that television sitcoms still follow to this day. Its physical style of humor, deeply inspired by vaudeville, gives it a “timeless” feeling for many viewers across generations. Starring Lucille Ball and her then real-life husband, the Cuban-American performer Desi Arnaz, the show also helped normalize the idea of interracial marriage for American families as it reigned atop the Nielsen ratings.  Beyond I Love Lucy, Ball had an extensive career on stage, screen, and radio. An upcoming Julien's Auctions event will feature Lucille Ball memorabilia from various points of her career. Auction Daily takes a look at these featured lots before the bidding begins. “Here’s Lucy”  In 1957, I Love Lucy became the first television show to leave the air while still holding first place in the Nielsen ratings. This would become a trend for Lucille Ball, always departing shows when it felt right to her instead of waiting for diminishing viewership. Ball went on to star in several more sitcoms, including The Lucy Show (1962 - 1968) and Here's Lucy (1968 - 1974). Available in this Julien's Auctions event is a script from the latter show (lot #18, estimate: USD 300 - $500). Like I Love Lucy, Lucille Ball wrapped up The Lucy Show while still atop the Nielsen ratings. She saw her latest project, Here’s Lucy, as an opportunity to star alongside her own children. Ball’s children were not merely cast to boost their own careers. Their presence in the show helped Ball and the writers explore generational differences between members of the Greatest Generation (represented by Ball) and the generation growing into adulthood at the time, the baby boomers (represented by her children). The show also had other nods to the passage of time. For example, Lucille Ball chose the name Lucy Carter for her character in the show. The “ar” in “Carter” was a nod to her…

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    Julien’s Auctions Offers LeBron James’ High School Jersey in Sports Legends Sale

    The February 18th, 2002 issue of Sports Illustrated featured a photo of high school basketball star and future NBA title winner LeBron James. The St. Vincent – St. Mary’s high school jersey from that very photoshoot is currently up for bid in the upcoming Sports Legends auction, offered by Julien’s Auctions. James wore the jersey during a game that evening and scored 32 points. A copy of “The Chosen One” Sports Illustrated issue accompanies the jersey. Other basketball collectibles on offer include a Michael Jordan Fleer rookie card that has been rated PSA Gem Mint 10, as well as another copy of the same card rated BGS Mint 9. Bidders can also consider several pairs of signed Air Jordans and one of Jordan’s 1992 Olympic Dream Team game-worn jerseys. The auction will present a selection of lots for soccer fans, including items from Diego Maradona. His signed and game-worn jerseys and boots for F.C. Barcelona are on offer. Collectibles related to or worn by Colin Kaepernick, Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Babe Ruth, Tiger Woods, Kobe Bryant, and others round out the catalog. View any of these lots and register to bid on Julien’s Auctions. 

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    Julien’s Auctions Presents Rock ‘n Roll Memorabilia From Bob Dylan, Kurt Cobain

    Rock ‘n roll emerged as a genre in 1954. Its popularity increased as musicians like Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, and others took to the stage. Over the years, rock ‘n roll has taken on different sounds and styles but continues to thrive in the music industry. Julien’s Auctions will offer an array of rock ‘n roll collectibles, memorabilia, and more in its upcoming Rock ‘N Roll’s Music Icons auction. Among the lots are handwritten lyrics by Bob Dylan, Eric Singer’s stage-played drum set, and a Kurt Cobain self-drawn portrait.  Bob Dylan is a popular singer-songwriter and author. His musical career has spanned nearly 60 years and includes hits such as “Mr. Tambourine Man,” “Subterranean Homesick Blues,” and “Like a Rolling Stone.” Showcased in this auction are Dylan’s handwritten lyrics and chord annotations for “Lay Lady Lay.” This document appears to be a working draft as some verses do not appear in the song’s final version. A major influencer of alternative rock and known as a voice for Generation X, Nirvana’s frontman and guitarist Kurt Cobain died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in 1994. During the band’s 1992 Nevermind tour in Singapore, Cobain drew a picture of himself playing the guitar. He handwrote “Kurdt Kobain Rock Star” on the left and "I don't know how to play and I don't give a hoot!" on the right. To view and bid on these items and more, visit Julien’s Auctions. 

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    Vintage Marilyn Monroe Photo Prints Available With Julien’s Auctions

    American fashion and celebrity photographer Milton H. Greene worked with Marilyn Monroe in over 50 sessions. This included the famous 1956 ‘Black Sitting.’ A 1973 vintage print of Monroe from the Black Sitting is a highlight of the upcoming Julien’s Auctions sale. The double-weight print has a semi-gloss finish with annotations penned on the reverse. Another 1980s print with a glossy finish leads the listings. The photograph by Bert Stern is a portrait of Monroe draping a strand of beads over her shoulder. Vogue commissioned the image in the summer of 1962. Monroe passed away a few months later. Stern was one of the last photographers to work with the star.  For music and movie enthusiasts, the sale includes a linen-backed rare movie poster of Monroe and Yves Montand’s Let's Make Love from 1960. The 20th Century Fox film was Monroe’s parting musical film performance. This auction marks the auction house’s second annual tribute to the star on the occasion of her 95th birthday. To view the complete catalog and register to bid online, visit Julien’s Auctions.

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    Janet Jackson Memorabilia Auction Tracks Artist’s Decades-Long Career

    Janet Jackson being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Photo by Michael Loccisano for Getty Images. Janet Jackson's brothers were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1997 as the Jackson 5. Despite her own substantial success, Janet Jackson was in awe of her brothers. "I was always crashing their rehearsals; I was always tagging along, always with my brothers," she remembered years later. She was doing more than tagging along, though, building a career few could match. In 2019, it was her turn to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. "Tonight, your baby sister has made it," she declared in her enshrinement speech. An upcoming Julien's Auctions event will feature numerous outfits and accolades from Janet Jackson's career as a musician and actress. The catalog also offers a look into the items that brought her comfort in her limited downtime, from porcelain dolls (lot #11; estimate: USD 100 - $150) to a Virtua Cop 2 arcade machine (lot #23; estimate: $300 - $500). Auction Daily takes a look back at Janet Jackson’s life and career ahead of the sale. Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation World Tour, 1990  By 1990, Janet Jackson had broken records with her third and fourth studio albums. Control, her third record, produced five Top 5 singles on the Billboard Hot 100, the first time any woman artist had accomplished this. Her next album, Rhythm Nation: 1814, would do even better with seven Top 5 singles, a first for any artist. Janet Jackson's most political album to that point, Rhythm Nation: 1814 would also prove to be incredibly evergreen, becoming the first album to produce a No. 1 single in three different years. After years of waiting, it was finally time for Janet Jackson to headline her first tour. Coat worn by Janet Jackson during the Rhythm Nation World Tour. Photo by Julien’s Auctions. Coming to auction this month is a black coat worn by Janet Jackson during the Rhythm Nation World Tour (lot #92; estimate: $4,000 - $6,000). Designed by Richard Tyler, Jackson wore the coat…

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    Upcoming Julien’s Auctions Event Surveys Career and Life of Janet Jackson

    At the age of seven, Janet Jackson, the tenth and youngest child of the Jackson family, gave her first performance at the MGM Casino in Las Vegas. By 19, she was recognized as the Queen of Pop and lauded for her cultural impact on the music industry. An upcoming Julien’s Auctions sale will offer a selection of outfits and costumes worn by Janet Jackson during her concerts and music videos. A floor-length metallic silver coat designed by Helen Storey is one notable lot. The artist wore the coat during her 1995 music video, “Scream,” which also featured her brother Michael Jackson.  Another highlight of the auction is a 1956 Chevrolet pickup truck. Designed by Chuck Jordan, this 3100 Cameo is an upscale version of GM's traditional 3100 series. A 1990 painting by Chester Higgins Jr. titled Eyes of Allah, Islam, is also on offer, along with other items from Jackson's personal collection. Visit Julien’s Auctions to view the entire catalog or register to place a bid.