It’s been a huge week for the sale at auction of guitars previously owned by major artists. An electric guitar owned by George Harrison sold for $430,000.(George first electric guitar, The Hofner Club 40)
On May 19, Julien’s held their Music Icons auction which included an even bigger guitar sale.
The guitar that Bob Dylan played on his first electric tour, which was actually owned by Robbie Robertson and loaned to him numerous times, went up for auction and sold for an incredible $490,000. A portion of the proceeds for the sale went to the American Indian College Fund.
Over four hundred other lots also went up for sale ranging from items from the early days of rock to signed album covers by such new artists as Imagine Dragons.
*A frail-looking Yoko Ono visited Liverpool to open a exhibition dedicated to her relationship with John Lennon
*While in the city, she visited Mendips and 9 Newcastle Road, the homes where the Beatles legend grew up
*It is believed to be the first time she has visited the Newcastle Road home, having reportedly bought it in 2013
*She also posted of a photo of herself in Lennon’s old bedroom online, writing: ‘I love you John. Yoko’
A frail-looking Yoko Ono was spotted visiting two of John Lennon’s childhood homes on Friday after traveling from her New York home to Liverpool.She was in the city to open a museum show dedicated to their relationship, filled with exhibits from her own private collection.
While in Liverpool she visited Mendips, the home where Lennon spent most of his childhood, and took a photo of herself in his bedroom.
Uploading the photo to Instagram, she wrote: ‘This is John’s room in Menlove Avenue. I feel John here with me…I love you John. Yoko.’
She previously owned the property, having bought it at auction in 2002 before donating it to the National Trust, which now preserves it. Yoko was also seen leaving John’s earliest home, at 9 Newcastle Road, which she bought at auction in 2013 for more than three times the asking price. The same decorating team that renovated the Mendips home were spotted at the Newcastle Road property after it was purchased. John lived at Newcastle Road from his birth until age five, when the breakdown of his parents’ marriage saw him move to Mendips to live with his Aunt Mimi.
Newcastle Road is just a few yards from Penny Lane, which inspired one of The Beatles most famous songs, while Mendips is where the band had some of their earliest rehearsals.
The exhibition to Yoko and Lennon, entitled Double Fantasy – John and Yoko, is being displayed at the Museum of Liverpool until April next year.
Included in the items on display are Lennon’s iconic wire-framed glasses, a rare Sardonyx guitar used by Lennon on the album Double Fantasy, and artwork made by the pair.
Yoko Lennon said: ‘I am so happy and grateful that we are having our Double Fantasy -John & Yoko show in Liverpool.
‘This is where John was born and I know John would be very happy too.
‘We were a very simple couple just loving each other every day and I just wanted to show the simple truth of us.
‘In our personal life we were pretty simple people, and we made all sorts of things with love for each other. Everything was made out of love.
‘We found that we were both very strongly interested in world peace. I feel John and I are still working together. I always feel his warmth next to me.’
Yoko visited Liverpool museum in order to open the exhibition, which is filled with items from their life.
Curators Iconic Images discovered forgotten gems in the archives of celebrity photographer Terry O’Neill, 79, who rose to fame covering the music scene in the 1960s and went on to become official photographer for the James Bond franchise and obtain commissions to photograph The Queen and Nelson Mandela.
Behind the scenes shots of The Beatles filming footage in London for record A Hard Day’s Night in 1964, their meeting with then-Prime Minister Harold Wilson and pictures of The Rolling Stones posing in Leicester Square the same year will be among those shown in a new exhibition of the photographer’s work at art fair, Photo London, under the title ‘Rock and Roll London’.
Other photos include Marianne Faithfull in London in the 1960s and Honor Blackman in Bond movie Goldfinger.
O’Neill, 79, said: “It is stuff we discovered from my archives over the years, and we dug it all out and we sorted out all the vintage for a little show as part of my exhibition.
“I’ve never done an exhibition of vintage prints before – I hadn’t looked at them all for ages.”
The photographer, who will also give a talk on making a career in photography at the event with fellow industry veteran, Canadian Douglas Kirkland, 83, said his own stellar career had been an accident.
“I was really a jazz drummer and I got forced into being a photographer, so I wasn’t really in love with photography when I was doing all these shots of The Beatles and Stones and all these people and I was just intent on getting to America and playing in New York. I was never really interested in photography – how I have got where I got I have no idea.”
More than 100 galleries from 18 countries will exhibit at the fair, in its fourth year, with work from prominent past and current photographers including Guy Bourdain, Cornelia Parker and Edward Burtynsky, who won the event’s 2018 Master of Photography award. Photo London is running at Somerset House until today.
Stella McCartney has spoken out about designing the evening gown for the newlywed Duchess of Sussex.
Last night, Meghan wore a bespoke Stella gown made of lily white silk crepe, featuring a high neck halter silhouette, and was pictured in the gown as she and Prince Harry departed Windsor Castle for Frogmore House, where Prince Charles was hosting an exclusive reception for 200 close family members and friends.
“I am so proud and honoured to have been chosen by the Duchess of Sussex to make her evening gown and represent British design,” Stella said in an interview to Women’s Wear Daily.“It has truly been one of the most humbling moments of my career and I am so proud of all the team on this stunning sunny royal day.” Stella revealed to Women’s Wear Daily that she also dressed Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, for the evening reception, and shared exclusive design sketches with the publication. They show the front and back of Meghan’s gown.
According to Women’s Wear Daily, Doria wore a “scarlet long-sleeved dress in silk cady, nude alter suede sandals and a brass gold box clutch.”
Meghan’s outfit was complete with Aquazurra silky satin shoes that featured nude mesh and baby blue soles. She wore Cartier earrings and an aquamarine ring that previously belonged to Diana, Princess of Wales.
Paul McCartney, posted on his Instagram account twice yesterday: in the afternoon following the wedding, when he posted congratulations to the newlyweds and one to Stella, “…Also congratulations to my lovely daughter Stella for making Amal Clooney and Oprah Winfrey look even more beautiful in her fabulous dresses.”
Later, he posted a photo of Meghan in her reception gown with the comment, “Wow! How proud am I of my daughter Stella designing this beautiful dress for Meghan on this historic day! Congratulations all round. Me, Nancy and all our family send our love to all those involved.”
The Edgewater, a Noble House Hotel on Seattle’s waterfront, is paying tribute to the property’s rich music history with its new Pearl Jam Suite (pictured) and a revamped Beatles Suite.
The hotel hosted the Beatles during their 1964 tour and became famous for a photo of the band fishing from their suite window. The suite was revamped this year to include new band memorabilia, turntables and records and a design refresh.
Starting rate for stays in each suite is $2,000 per night, double.
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