Bonhams & Butterfields Announces Legends and Goddesses Auction 6/13

Bonhams & Butterfields' Entertainment Memorabilia auction on June 13, 2010 in Los Angeles will include a wide variety of items related to Hollywood, Rock 'n Roll and Animation Arts. Highlights will include pieces connected to The Beatles, Michael; Jackson, screen goddess Marilyn Monroe, The Grateful Dead and countless movie posters and vintage animation cells.

Highlights connected to pop icon Marilyn Monroe will be prominently featured at the beginning of the auction including a rustic style side table from the star's Brentwood home, 1962 (est. $5,000-5,500) and an iconic Marilyn Monroe signed black and white photograph, circa 1955 (est. $8,000-8,500).

Headlining the Rock 'n Roll offerings is a reel-to-reel recording of a 1966 Beatles press conference (est. $20,000-25,000) and an early prototype white rhinestone spandex Michael Jackson glove, late 1970s (est. $14,000-16,000).

Also featured in the Rock 'n Roll section are items related to The Grateful Dead. The offering includes an original early prototype Stanley Mouse watercolor painting painted for the 1981 Grateful Dead European tour, 1978 (est. $6,000-6,500) and a set of childhood cartoon drawings by Jerry Garcia, circa 1953 (est. $14,000-15,000). The self-titled 'Facts About Nightmares', is according to the consignor, Garcia's brother: "is one of only three known cartoon series to have survived from his [Jerry Garcia] childhood."

In addition, Bonhams & Butterfields will be offering a rare preliminary watercolor from the 1940 Walt Disney classic film Pinocchio, 1940, by famed children's book and cartoon illustrator Gustaf Tenggren. The painting depicts the beloved character Pinocchio on his way to school down a cobbled narrow Bavarian street accompanied by Gideon and J. Worthington Foulfellow (est. $30,000-40,000).

Further highlights from the June 13, 2010 auction will include a 1940s custom-made trunk personally owned by Barbara Stanwyck and her husband Robert Taylor (est. $500-700) and a prop wine jug from the famous 'grape stomping' episode of I Love Lucy, 1956 (est. $3,000-3,500) as well as selection of cartoon and animation classics including a Charles Schulz Peanuts daily (est. $10,000-15,000) and a celluloid from the 1955 Walt Disney animated film Lady and the Tramp (est. $10,000-15,000) among countless others.

The illustrated auction catalog will be online at in the weeks preceding the sale and Los Angeles previews.

Preview: June 11-12, 2010, Los Angeles

Auction: June 13, 2010, 10:00am

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