Unpublished Notebook of Jim Morrison & More Set for History's Rock 'n Roll Auction
Profiles in History, run by Joe Maddalena, is proud to announce the iconic highlights from their upcoming blockbuster Rock 'n' Roll auction on December 18.
Among the highlights is an unpublished, never before seen Jim Morrison handwritten notebook from his final months in Paris, "The impressions are seeing me. Are there images that I need to complete my own reality?" Penned in a hardcover marble notebook, it contains over 100 pages of poems, philosophy and musings that were written over a few months in 1971 prior to his untimely death on July 3rd, at the age of 27. The notebook is from the collection of rock legend Graham Nash, who writes on the inside of the custom full-leather clamshell case, "Handwritten book by Jim Morrison - given to me by Bill Siddons in the 80's Graham Nash. P.S. Bill Siddons was the man who picked up Jim's body in Paris. He was also my manager." It is pictured above and is estimated to sell for $200,000 - $300,000.
Hidden away in its guitar case for 30 years, from the greatest guitar player to ever live, this 1982 Kramer Frankenstrat belonged to none other than Eddie Van Halen. It was one of eight hand made and painted guitars. This specific guitar was used as one of Van Halen's main touring guitars on the Diver Down Tour, 1982-1983. This guitar was also played in the studio for Van Halen's most successful album "1984" which included song titles "Jump", "Panama", "I'll Wait" and "Hot for Teacher". It is pictured below and is estimated to sell for $100,000 - $150,000. A portion of the proceeds from this lot will benefit guitarist Jason Becker and the Jason Becker Special Needs Trust to assist him and his family in his battle against ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease).
There is also an unbelievable collection of handwritten song lyrics including, Robert Plant's (Led Zeppelin) handwritten lyrics for "Stairway to Heaven" estimated to sell for $2,000 - $3,000, Roger Waters' (Pink Floyd) handwritten lyrics from "The Wall" estimated to sell for $1,000 - $1,500, Jim Morrison's (The Doors) handwritten lyrics to "Riders on the Storm" estimated to sell for $20,000 - $30,000 and Bob Dylan's handwritten lyrics for "I Want You", used as he was recording his "Blonde on Blonde" album, estimated to sell for $30,000 - $50,000.
ABOUT PROFILES IN HISTORY
Founded in 1985 by Joseph Maddalena, Profiles in History is the world's largest auctioneer & dealer of original Hollywood Memorabilia, historical autographs, letters, documents, vintage signed photographs and manuscripts. Born into a family of antiques dealers in Rhode Island, Joseph "Joe" Maddalena learned early on how to turn his passion of collecting historical autographs into a career. Upon graduation from Pepperdine, Joe pursued his passion to become a full-time dealer of historical documents, and opened his first office in 1985. Profiles in History has held some of the most prestigious and successful auctions of Hollywood memorabilia and own virtually every Guinness Book record for prices of original screen-used memorabilia. Highlights from their previous auctions include the "Cowardly Lion" costume from The Wizard of Oz ($805,000); Steve McQueen's "Michael Delaney" racing suit from Le Mans ($960,000); From the history-making Debbie Reynolds Auction in June 2011, Profiles in History sold the Marilyn Monroe "Subway" Dress from The Seven Year Itch for $5.52M and the Audrey Hepburn Ascot Dress from My Fair Lady for $4.44M. In February 2012, Profiles in History arranged the sale of a pair of Judy Garland screen-used Ruby Slippers from The Wizard of Oz to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. In addition, Joe Maddalena is the star of Hollywood Treasure, which just ended its second season on Syfy. Hollywood Treasure takes viewers into the fascinating world of showbiz and pop culture memorabilia. For more information visit www.profilesinhistory.com