Christie’s New York Rock And Pop Sale Features McCartney, Hendrix, Dylan And Marley

McCartney LyricsMemorabilia from some of the most influential musicians and songwriters of the 20th century will be headlining at Christie’s Rock and Pop Memorabilia auction on December 4 in New York. Highlights of the sale include Paul McCartney lyrics, Jimi Hendrix’s guitar, Bob Dylan memorabilia from The Personal Archives of Suze Rotolo, and a notebook from Neville Garrick, Art Director for Bob Marley, containing lyrics in Marley’s handwriting.

Helen Hall, Head of Entertainment Memorabilia says, “We are thrilled to offer Paul McCartney’s original hand-written working lyrics for the Beatles’ song Maxwell’s Silver Hammer – early Paul McCartney lyrics rarely appear on the auction market and this represents a very rare opportunity for collectors and fans.”

In 1994 McCartney commented on the song, “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer is my analogy for when something goes wrong out of the blue, as it so often does, as I was beginning to find out at that time in my life. I wanted something symbolic of that, so to me it was some fictitious character called > > >Maxwell with a silver hammer.” The lyrics were written in 1968 and soon after McCartney gave them to Barry Miles, his biographer, and a former Apple Records employee. An early working version of the composition, the last four lines of the lyrics are omitted and include deletions and alterations to the text as McCartney worked out the song’s wording (estimate: $200,000-300,000).

HendrixFrom one of the most genius guitar players of rock ’n’ roll legend comes a Fender Stratocaster with a sunburst finish owned by Jimi Hendrix from 1969-1970 (estimate: $80,000-120,000). The guitar has resided at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland ever since the museum opened in 1996. The guitar was modified for Hendrix’s left-handed use and seems to have been purchased for his use in the fabled Electric Lady Studios in New York. Hendrix’s mug shot will also be on the auction block— taken in May 1969 in Toronto when he was arrested for drug possession (estimate: $2,0003,000).

DylanChristie’s is honored to offer two remarkable collections that come directly from people closely associated with the musicians. Personal notes, love letters and poems written by Bob Dylan are included in the Personal Archives of Suze Rotolo, most remembered as Dylan’s girlfriend on the cover of his 1963 critically acclaimed album The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan (estimates start at $600). A demonstration copy of The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan with track listings amended in Dylan’s handwriting is one of the highlights of the collection (estimate: $8,000-12,000), as well as an acetate demo recorded at the end of 1962 for Dylan’s music publisher (estimate: $2,000-3,000). The next collection contains a notebook from Neville Garrick, art director to Bob Marley and the Wailers (estimate: $20,000-30,000). Garrick used this notebook to write down Bob Marley’s lyrics while he composed his songs and the book also contains set lists and lyrics in Marley’s handwriting, such as preliminary lyrics for Satisfy My Soul.

A strong selection of John Lennon memorabilia is availab le, starting with a previously unheard and undocumented recording of an interview with Lennon that was the basis for an article in Crawdaddy magazine, March 1974 (estimate: $25,000-35,000). In this 60 minute taped interview with freelance journalists, Lennon discusses everything from his songwriting process, future plans and questions of a potential Beatles reunion, to being challenged by Nixon’s administration.

> > >A lithographic print signed by Lennon and inscribed with the song lyric, Woman is the Nigger of the World, was donated to a charity auction in 1972 to aid The National Organization For Women — a highly rare piece as Lennon rarely signed anything with a song lyric (estimate: $8,000-12,000). This controversial lyric was a phrase coined by Yoko Ono in the late 1960s and became the opening track on Lennon’s 1972 album Sometime In New York City. The song was intended to negate sexism and in a press conference Lennon and Ono explained the word “nigger” was allegorical and not intended to be racist. During the “One to One” benefit concert in August 1972, Lennon said, “the next song > > >is one of those many songs of ours that get banned. It’s something Yoko said to me in 1968. It took me till 1970 to dig it.”

Another piece of Lennon’s politically motivated works is a letter to the readers of Disc and Music Echo Magazine regarding the political situation in Northern Ireland (estimate: $20,000-30,000). An autographed picture postcard stamped from Singapore and inscribed by Lennon “thinking of you, love John +Yoko, ‘76” was addressed to Miss Gloria Swanson (estimate: $2,000-3,000).

> >Auction: > >Rock and Pop Memorabilia 4 December 2006 > >Viewing: > >Only the Jimi Hendrix guitar and McCartney lyrics will be on view at the Hard Rock Café. >

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