Butcher Baby Album Cover to be Auctioned

Julien’s Auctions’ Icons & Idols Rock n’ Roll Auction Event twill take place at the Julien’s Auctions Beverly Hills Gallery on Saturday, December 1st, 2012 and Sunday, December 2nd, 2012. Music memorabilia dating as far back as the 1930s will be on the auction block. One of the most exciting items is a rare Butcher Baby album cover which was never covered over.

“…it was in 1966 that The Beatles were photographed by Roger Whitaker wearing butcher coats with meat and doll parts surrounding them. This became the cover image for the Beatles’ Yesterday and Today album though it was not originally intended for the cover of an album. It was immediately deemed unsuitable by DJs around the world and Capitol Records pulled the album. One copy, intended for the trash, was rescued by a Modern Album Company employee and stored away for more than 45 years… (Est: $6000-8000).”

Other highlights of the sale include a John Lennon shirt (Est: $15,000-20,000); a 1963 dollar bill signed by all members of the Beatles and legendary DJ Murray The K (Est: $2000-4000);  The proceeds from the sale of this lot will benefit the Material World Foundation founded in 1973 by George Harrison.

Also up for auction are James Brown’s stage worn white and orange gingham suit (Est: $600-800); Meat Loaf’s embellished stage suits (Est: $200-400, each); Bruce Springsteen’s personal stage worn clothing and hats (Est: various); jewelry including the Italian horn amulet he is seen wearing on the cover of his 1975 album “Born to Run,” and as a tribute to the late Clarence Clemons, “The Big Man,” a stage worn white, Homburg style hat (Est: $800-1200); 80 uniquely signed and specially designed guitars including those from Thin Lizzy, Alice Cooper, Aerosmith, and many others which will benefit Ronnie James Dio’s “Stand Up and Shout” charity and in part, the Asian Elephant Art and Conservation Project; a Mick Jagger signed Baldwin piano fall-board and bench (Est: $3000-5000), signed items by Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant and a pair of guitars signed from Green Day (Est: $800-1200). U2’s the Edge and his friends have contributed  items which will benefit Music Rising, an organization co-founded by the Edge in 2005 after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina which has since continued to support the musical heritage and needs of the Gulf South.

All of the property in the auction will be featured in a full color limited edition catalog available for purchase at www.juliensauctions.com for $50.00.

Monday, November 19th – Friday, November 30th
(10:00 a.m. – 5:00 a.m. P.S.T. Daily)


Saturday, December 1st

Sunday, December 2nd

Session I: 10:00 a.m. P.S.T.
Session II: 2:00 p.m. P.S.T.

Session III: 10:00 a.m. P.S.T.

Exhibition and Auction Location
at Julien’s Auctions Beverly Hills
9665 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 150
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Placing Bids
There are four ways to bid in this sale:

  1. Bid through Julien’s Auctions Online Live in Real Time at JuliensLive.com.
  2. Place bids in the room by attending the auction.
  3. Bid over the telephone through an auction house representative, who sits in the room and conveys the bid to the auctioneer.
  4. Enter Absentee bids. Absentee bid forms are printed in the back of each catalogue, and are also available by calling Julien’s Auctions at (310) 836-1818
Elise Thompson

About Elise Thompson

Born and raised in the great city of Los Angeles, this food, culture and music-loving punk rock angeleno wants to turn you on to all that is funky, delicious and weird in the city. While Elise holds down the fort, her adventurous alter ego Kiki Maraschino is known to roam the country in search of catfish.
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