LOS ANGELES, CA.-
Juliens Auctions has announced its Icons & Idols: RockNRoll featuring Property from philanthropist Milton Verret event at Hard Rock Café Times Square and online at www.juliensauctions.com
on Saturday, November 10. Nearly 100 items from the acclaimed philanthropists world renowned collection of some of the most important pieces of rocknroll memorabilia will be sold at the twoday music extravaganza starting Friday, November 9 which includes an all star lineup featuring historical items from music legends, Prince, Madonna, Jimi Hendrix, Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Bernie Taupin, Aretha Franklin and more.
Awardwinning philanthropist and businessman Milton Verret began his mission to advance his philanthropic efforts by amassing and selling his worldrenowned collection of historic music artifacts and rocknroll memorabilia in 2011 when he made headlines around the world by winning one of the most famous jackets in pop culture history at auctionMichael Jacksons "Thriller" jacket.
Upon winning the jacket, he immediately informed the world of his plans to raise funds for childrens charities by touring the iconic item. After nearly a decade of combining his love of collecting and charity work, Juliens Auctions will present at auction for the first time some of Verrets most spectacular showpieces in his collection aligned in a philanthropic partnership with MusiCares®, a charity of the Recording Academy that provides a wide range of health and human services resources to music people in need.
Another iconic piece owned and worn by the King of Pop, whose various pieces and ephemera Verret has collected since his famous first purchase, will be the auctions main event: Michael Jacksons "Bad" jacket (estimate: $80,000$100,000). The black concert worn jacket with silver buckles and zippers from Jacksons first tour as a solo artist, his September 12, 1987, through January 24, 1989, Bad World Tour, was one of Jacksons most famous signature looks. The piece designed by Michael Bush and Dennis Tompkins is signed also by Jackson on the back in silver Sharpie marker "Love Michael Jackson 1998" with his signature three 0s over an arrow design. Jackson often signed "1998" as early as the 1980s. Some speculate that he did so believing that it would be the year of his death.
A rock and roll auction would not be complete without the appearance of iconic singer/songwriter and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Bob Dylan. His Fender Telecaster 1952 reissue electric guitar was stage played by Dylan on several tours and can also be seen in the December 1985 issue of SPIN magazine. The butterscotch blonde finish guitar with a black pick guard, Ash body, one piece maple, Ushape neck and fingerboard, Seymour Duncan lead pickup, and single coil Fender Telecaster rhythm pickups estimate is $100,000$200,000.
Three of U2s signature guitars that have played the distinct sounds on some of the legendary Irish rock bands greatest hit singles and biggest world tours are heading to the auction stage. One of them is U2 lead guitarist Edges 1976 Gibson Explorer electric guitar. Edge of U2 states, "This guitar has been in my collection for 22 years. I am always on the lookout for these limited edition Gibson Explorer guitars. It became one of the backup instruments for my main 1976 reissue Explorer during the 1987 Joshua Tree world tour and many U2 tours since. This guitar has the sound that gives U2s early albums their unique timbre. Combined with a Memory Man Deluxe and a Vox AC30 most of the sounds of the Boy, October, and War albums are achievable. Its a classic design and in my mind one of Gibsons most innovative." The welltraveled and stage played guitars estimate is $60,000$80,000. Two of Bonos Gretsch guitarsa green Irish Falcon stage played and signed by the iconic bands frontman and a black Falcon electric guitarwill step atop the auction podium. Bonos 2005 Gretsch Irish Falcon has Bonos stamped signature on the neck of the guitar at the 12th fret position. Bono performs with U2 playing this model on such classic songs as "One" and "Walk On." His Gretsch Falcon electric guitar with Bigsby tailpiece, was signed and stage played by Bono in a performance including the Pavarotti & Friends charity concert in Modena, Italy on May 27, 2003, where Bono performed "One," and "Ave Maria." Each of the guitars are estimated to sell at $60,000$80,000.
Additional highlights of the auction include: Eric Claptons red Roland G505 electric guitar used on the "Never Make You Cry" track from the album Behind the Sun (Warner Music Group, 1985) and on tour in 1984 with Roger Waters during the Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking Tour and the 1985 Behind the Sun Tour (estimate: $20,000$30,000); a Gibson Les Paul Custom hollowbody guitar, in white pearl, with fholes and with pickup covers engraved "Happy 80th Birthday" and "From The Gibson Custom Shop" (estimate: $30,000$50,000); Don Wilsons "The Ventures" 1967 Fender Jazzmaster (estimate: $40,000$60,000); Bo Diddley last stage played guitar, a 1999 Gretsch Bo Diddley's model guitar, used during the bluesmans last public stage appearance May 2007 at the Horseshoe casino in Council Bluffs, Iowa (estimate: $20,000$40,000); Paul McCartneys Hofner lefthanded vintage bass circa 1966 used on stage in several performances including Ronnie Woods 2012 Somethin Else show in which McCartney was the special guest and on July 14, 2012, at Hyde Park in London for McCartneys performance with Bruce Springsteen for the Hard Rock Calling music festival (estimate: $30,000$50,000); a Gibson Ace Frehley model Les Paul Custom sunburst with three pickups with a pickguard signed by Frehley, "To Les on your/ 90th birthday/ 6905 Love Ace" (estimate: $30,000$50,000); Michael Jacksons "Bad" music video gloves, Lindsay Buckinghams Turner guitar model 1C, Deana Carters Guild Custom Shop X170 Tennessee orange acoustic guitar and numerous items by Bette Midler, Nirvana, Madonna, Pink Floyd, Elvis Presley and more.
Austin, Texas hometown hero, Milton Verret is the founder of First National Reserve, First Fidelity Reserve and U.S. Money Reservethree of the largest gold and silver firms in America. His leadership has led his businesses to become one of the top selling forces in the gold and silver industry and his successful ventures have branched into diverse industries such as skincare, beverages and entertainment with brands such as Go Smile, Moonshine Sweet Tea among others. After four decades after starting his entrepreneurial journey, Verret has committed to using his success and professional expertise to philanthropy and has supported and raised millions of dollars for more than 70 nonprofit organizations particularly in aiding children and families in need and the arts such as Make a Wish Foundation, Girl Scouts of Central Texas, the Austin Art Music Partnership, Music Rising, the Austin Film Society and more. He was named Austins Philanthropist of the Year in 2016.
"Many of these treasures in my collection have given the world so much joy and exhilaration as theyve been part of some of rock and rolls greatest artistic brilliance and performances of a lifetime," said Milton Verret. "Its tough for musicians and artists today and this auction presents another opportunity to give back to the music community. Im proud to announce that a portion of the auction proceeds will benefit the Recording Academys MusiCares that works to help musicians and musicrelated people in need."
"Juliens Auctions is proud to present for the first time this astounding collection of one of the most passionate and generous rock and roll memorabilia collectors of our time, Milton Verret," said Darren Julien, President/Chief Executive Officer of Juliens Auctions. "With every piece he collects and sells, Milton not only endeavors to preserve rock and roll history, he impacts positive change with the millions of dollars in proceeds that he gives to charities around the world."