A host of musical memorabilia is to be offered at Julien’s Auctions’ “Music Icons” sale at Midtown’s Hard Rock Cafe on May 21.
One of the items up for grabs is is Lady Gaga’s first piano from her childhood home. According to the listing, Gaga took a weekly piano lesson on the Everett upright piano beginning at age four. It has a starting bid of $50,000 and an estimate of $100,000 – $200,000.
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the piano will benefit Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation.
Another lot is John Lennon’s handwritten page of lyrics for the song “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!” The song appears on The Beatles 1967 release Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Note Lennon’s miss-spell of the word Benefit. The starting bid for the page is $150,000 and it’s estimated to bring in $300,000 – $500,000.
Then there’s Kurt Cobain’s handwritten letter to music magnate David Geffen. In the letter, Cobain writes of his anger about a September 1992 Vanity Fair magazine article, written by Lynn Hirschberg. The article titled “Strange Love” accused his wife, Courtney Love, of taking drugs while pregnant. This lot has a starting bid of $10,000 and an estimate of $20,000 – $30,000.
The priciest lot in the auction is Stevie Ray Vaughan’s “Jimbo” guitar. The 1951 Fender Broadcaster originally belonged to Vaughan’s brother Jimmie who carved his nickname into the instrument before handing it down to his younger brother. The guitar has a starting bid of $200,000 and is expected to bring in $400,000 – $600,000.