Julien’s Auctions


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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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    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.

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    Career items from Beyoncé Knowles, Cher, Madonna & more at Julien’s Auctions

    “Independent Women Part 1” music video costumes left to right worn by Beyoncé Knowles, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child. LOS ANGELES, CA.- Julien’s Auctions announced today Music Icons, the world record-breaking auction house to the stars’ annual music extravaganza taking place three days on Friday, June 11th, Saturday, June 12th and Sunday, June 13th 2021 live at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills and online at juliensauctions.com. The initial lineup of auction headliners announced during this year’s Women’s History Month celebration stars a who’s who of trailblazing sheroes whose splendid artistry, ground breaking careers, and unprecedented achievements have changed the music industry and broken-down doors for the next generation of music icons who followed their extraordinary paths. Headlining this marquee of powerhouse female music icons will be a sensational collection of items from Destiny’s Child’s GRAMMY Award-winning career. Over 100 lots owned and used by the R&B/pop supergroup’s most famous lineup of members: Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams and Beyoncé Knowles, with 28 GRAMMYs recently made history as the top GRAMMY-winning woman and breaking other records including tying with super-producer Quincy Jones for the most GRAMMY wins, will be presented, along with items from original members of the group. A portion of proceeds of this collection will benefit MusiCares, the leading music industry charity, to provide aid to music people devastated by COVID-19. MusiCares provides the music community a support system of health and human services across a spectrum of need including physical and mental health, addiction recovery, unforeseen personal emergencies and disaster relief. Destiny’s Child’s spectacular costumes and wardrobe designed by Tina Knowles-Lawson from their pop culture defining television and music video performances and appearances, custom-made red carpet and event worn ensembles, as well as personal items, accessories, studio gear and memorabilia will take the auction stage. Top lots include (with estimates): a white leather Gianni Versace bodice worn by Destiny’s Child while performing “Survivor” in San Remo circa 2002 ($8,000 - $10,000); a black leather mini skirt embellished with silver tone studs worn by Destiny’s Child to the 1998 MTV European Music Awards in Milan, Italy and while performing…

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    Soviet spy gadgets to go under hammer in Beverly Hills

    A Soviet WW2 era Officers Belt and Buckle is displayed during an auction preview for "The Cold War Relics Auction - Featuring the KGB Espionage Museum Collection" at Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills, California on February 8, 2021. Measuring 45 1/2 inches, the belt and buckle are estimated at $100-200. Frederic J. BROWN / AFP.by Laurent Banguet BEVERLY HILLS(AFP).- Cyanide-filled fake teeth and cigarette packs concealing cameras are among the Soviet spy gadgets going under the hammer at a Beverly Hills auction this week. Many retro espionage devices in the sale by US-based Julien's Auctions -- known for Hollywood and pop culture memorabilia -- would not be out of place in a classic James Bond movie, including microphones hidden within pens, ashtrays and porcelain plates. "The people that actually created these things were the pioneers of miniaturization," said director of gallery operations Kody Frederick. "Everybody now carries a camera, everybody now has a microphone," but many of the auction's spy gadgets hail from an era when cell phones were "as big as six bricks," Frederick told AFP. Miniature cameras fitted inside women's handbags, belt buckles, shoebrushes, birdboxes, signet rings and ties -- and used by real secret agents -- are all going on the block. "People are looking to get their hands on really unique, different pieces from a time when digital didn't exist and analog was the way of life," Frederick added. Following the fall of the Soviet Union, many of the items were discarded in Eastern Europe and eventually made their way to New York's short-lived KGB museum, which opened in January 2019 but closed last year due to the pandemic. Among those for sale this Saturday, both on-site in California and via the internet, are a fake tooth containing deadly cyanide expected to fetch up to $1,200. "The tooth was designed to shatter when bitten a certain way so that captured agents could end their own lives when necessary to avoid torture or the release of compromising information," explains the auction catalog. Deadly umbrella The collection includes a replica of the "Bulgarian umbrella" used in 1978 in London…

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    KGB Artifacts Come to Auction, Raising Intrigue and Concerns

    The Soviet Union's security committee, the KGB, operated under a thick veil of secrecy. Decades after the Soviet Union's fall, many still find themselves curious about the KGB's tactics and the technology they employed. That includes the father-daughter team Julius Urbaitis and Agne Urbaityte, who curated what they believe to be the largest collection of KGB artifacts in the world. Now, Julien's Auctions will make those pieces available as part of its Cold War Relics sale. Soviet KGB spy (FIALKA) cipher code machine. Photo courtesy of Julien’s Auctions. Collectors will have the opportunity to bid on 240 different KGB artifacts. Top lots include a cipher machine, which agents used to both create coded messages and decode them (lot #343). This particular model, the M-125-3M (codenamed: FIALKA), was more intricate than its previous iterations. It allowed for new daily keys, which made messages harder to decode for those outside the KGB.   Other lots show what espionage was like on the go in the mid to late 20th century. That includes a ring (lot #128), purse (lot #147), and tie (lot #142), all with secret cameras. The camera inside the purse, for example, is hidden by a fly-shaped emblem. When a spy was ready to capture an image, all they needed to do was shift the fly. Soviet KGB spy purse with hidden camera. Photo courtesy of Julien’s Auctions. Lithuanians Julius Urbaitis and Agne Urbaityte originally compiled these KGB artifacts as part of a for-profit museum in Manhattan. The KGB Espionage Museum opened in January of 2019. It was forced to permanently close less than two years later, in October of 2020, due to the economic stress of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Urbaitis wished to keep the museum apolitical. He hoped his exhibits would educate instead of preach a particular mindset. “From the first day of the museum’s operation, we have had a huge sign that we are apolitical,” Urbaitis told The New York Times. But critics said those who wish to profit from KGB technology also need to take sides on its troubling history. They believed this was particularly important for younger…

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    Latest MusiCares Charity Relief Auction Set to Feature BTS, Coldplay, and Madonna Memorabilia

    The Korean boy band BTS became the first k-pop group to debut at #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 with their 2020 single, "Dynamite." The outfits worn in the music video by each band member will headline the latest MusiCares Charity Relief Auction, presented by Julien's Auctions. Representing BTS’ lead singer, RM, is a yellow ensemble featuring a Kangol hat, shorts, and a button-down shirt.  Coldplay fans will find a canvas painting of the band's lead singer, Chris Martin, performing at a piano. The painting's distinct background was made by artist Billy Morrison out of sheet music for "Fix You," "Yellow," and other Coldplay singles. Before beginning his career as an artist, Morrison survived years of addiction and homelessness. He wanted to spotlight Chris Martin in this piece because he believes Martin and Coldplay use music as a "language of love."  Beyond music, bidders can also consider a basketball signed by noteworthy Boston Celtics players. The Celtics were one of the NBA's original teams, and they are tied for the most NBA Championship wins in league history. Many of the players that helped the Celtics earn that distinction signed this ball, including Larry Bird and Bill Russell. It comes to auction directly from the collection of former Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers small forward Rick Fox. Those interested in this or any other lot can register to bid on the Julien's Auctions website.

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    BTS’ “Dynamite” costumes to headline Julien’s Auctions MusiCares Charity Relief Auction

    These are the first costumes from the global music phenomenon ever to come up for auction. LOS ANGELES, CA.- Julien’s Auctions has announced Musicares® Charity Relief Auction will take place live in Beverly Hills and online at juliensauctions.com on Friday, January 29th, 2021. This Official GRAMMY® Week event precedes the 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards® telecast. Proceeds will benefit MusiCares, the leading music industry charity, to provide aid to music people devastated by COVID-19. MusiCares provides a support system of health and human services across a spectrum of need including physical and mental health, addiction recovery, unforeseen personal emergencies and disaster relief. To launch the initiative, RM, Jin, SUGA, j-hope, Jimin, V, and Jung Kook–also known to the world as the global music phenomenon, BTS–have generously offered a group of their pastel colored ensembles worn in their 2020 music video for “Dynamite,” the global superstars’ smash hit which debuted No.1 on Billboard Hot 100. The official music video for “Dynamite” released on August 21st has set new records on YouTube for the most views for a music video in 24 hours and the biggest music video Premiere with over 3 million peak concurrent viewers. BTS ARMY, their dedicated fan base of millions across the globe, will recognize these ensembles from the music video’s memorable final dance sequence where each member wore a specific pastel color. These are the first costumes ever to be offered at auction from the seven-member South Korean boy band, the first group since the Beatles (in 1995-1996) to earn three No.1s on the Billboard 200 in less than a year. In 2019, BTS had the sixth highest grossing tour, surpassing Ariana Grande and Paul McCartney, and won ‘Tour of the Year’ at the 2019 American Music Awards. 2020 was a record-breaking year for BTS with the releases of their albums BE, (featuring their first all English and number one U.S. hit single, “Dynamite”) their second hit album this year following the chart-topping success of Map of the Soul: 7. BTS won 4 categories at MTV Video Music Awards including ‘Best Pop’ and ‘Best Group’. BTS also got nominated in the…