Yesterday this Web site announced that New York City's Hard Rock Cafe would be joining Julienslive.com for a sale of Bernie Taupin's memorabilia.
It takes place on November 9, and kicks off Julien’s two–day music auction extravaganza with Icons & Idols: Rock-N-Roll taking place in the afternoon of Friday, November 9th, and morning of Saturday, November 10.
The auction will also include the songwriter's gold and platinum record awards for albums Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (estimate: $2,000-$4,000); Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy (estimate: $2,000-$4,000); Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player (estimate: $1,000-$2,000); Honky Château (estimate: $1,000-$2,000); Tumbleweed Connection (estimate: $1,000-$2,000); his 1987 Special Recognition MTV Moonman trophy (estimate: $8,000-$10,000) and more. Other highlights include one-of-a-kind handwritten lyrics with hand-drawn interpretative artwork (acrylic on paper) signed by Bernie and featuring his lyrics to Yellow Brick Road, Daniel, Rocket Man, Bennie and The Jets, and more; an autographed and personalised poster of Leonard Nimoy as Dr. Spock inscribed "To Bernie, Live Long and Prosper! Leonard Nimoy ‘Spock’ - What else does one say to a fellow rocket man?" (estimate: $800-$1,200); artwork by Leroy Neiman (a bronze sculpture titled Equestrian Figure) and Dave McGary (bronze sculpture called Native Figure) both estimated $2,000-$4,000; an original program for the official 1997 funeral of Princess Diana, his vintage National steel guitar, clothing, signed prints, jewelry, memorabilia, Western ephemera and more. Also featured is a leather desk chair from Taupin’s office at Round Up Valley Ranch in Santa Ynez, California in which he has written songs for over 25 years.
A portion of the sale proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project and the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
"Bernie Taupin is one of the seminal songwriters of all time whose illustrious collaboration with Sir Elton John created some of pop music’s greatest treasures," said Darren Julien, President/Chief Executive Officer of Julien’s Auctions. "Julien’s Auctions is honoured to present this extraordinary auction event celebrating the creative genius of Bernie Taupin and his legacy as one of the most revered lyricists in music history."
"As a story teller first and foremost, I’m grateful to have been able to share these stories with the world throughout my life," stated the lyricist. "I hope that these items that have shaped my work and fueled my passions will inspire and give as much joy to others as they’ve given me."
EJW has been informed that a catalogue is to be released within the next two weeks. It will be available in hard cover and online.