''Music Icons'' Highlights

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As previously announced, from June 11th-13th, Julien's Auctions is holding its annual Music Icons event, and there are lots pertaining to both Elton and Bernie Taupin.

Besides a fox fur coat and red, white, and blue striped prescription glasses and tangerine-coloured jumpsuit with keyboard motif, the auction is offering the boots seen on the cover of A Single Man as well as an Australian Record Industry Association award for The One, which was presented to Elton's mum and stepdad. There are also a few Grammy Awards posters signed by the former Reg Dwight and other music-makers, as well as a red Yamaha Elton John Signature Series Baby Grand Piano fitted with a Disklavier Mark IV player system featuring five recordings: Your Song, Rocket Man, Tiny Dancer, Take Me to The Pilot, and Candle in the Wind. The music rack is autographed in gold ink by Elton. It comes with a matching red bench. The Signature Series was released in 2005 to mark the musician's concert residency at Caesar's Palace, called the Red Piano, after the instrument Yamaha created for the shows. 
Other auction options include a love letter from Bernie Taupin to Maxine, his first wife, and autographed lyrics for several hits. In fact, the auction house's Facebook page recently showed off one of these lots (#342). It's a framed sheet of typed and handwritten lyrics for The Border Song, handwritten by Elton and signed by Bernie on the bottom right corner of the page (his John Hancock can be seen below). The last verse is crossed out and re-written by hand in blue pen by the pianist, reading (in part): ''Holy Moses, let us live in peace/Let us strive to find a way/to make all hatred cease.'' 


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