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Elton John World News: An Auction of Memorable Memorablia

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Friday 24 June 2011 @ 15:48 - GMT

On June 14, Christies had an auction of rock and pop memorablia in South Kensington.

Lots included a mint green single-breasted fitted jacket with wide lapel, embellished with black sequin musical note and diamante treble clef motif to collar, sleeves and front, additional beading Rooty Toot! across the back, labelled inside ''Mr. Freedom.''

It was worn by Marc Bolan in the 1972 film Born To Boogie; it was accompanied by a DVD of the film and a letter concerning the provenance.

The vendor of the jacket became good friends with Marc in the early 1970s, while he was living in Little Venice. It is believed that Tommy Roberts, of Mr. Freedom, designed the jacket for Bolan to wear in the movie. The late singer wears the jacket during a studio scene singing Tutti-Frutti with Ringo Starr on drums and Elton on piano. A further clip of the studio shows Bolan in this same jacket, accompanied by Elton, singing Children Of The Revolution.

Another notable lot consisted of a  double-sided 12" acetate with white Emidisc label on each side, both inscribed in blue ballpoint pen in an unknown hand Elton John 33RPM (Rough Mixes) and relevant track listings, one side noting 1) Take Me To The Pilot 2) Border Song; the other 1) Rock & Roll Madonna 2) Ballad of a Well Known Gun 3) Son of Your Father; accompanied by a CD of the recording.