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Hits and Misses

Under the Hammer - Trivia

1. Rock ‘n’ roller
The highest price paid for a single piece of rock memorabilia was the $2.3 million (£1.5 million) shelled out in 1985 for a Rolls-Royce Phantom V once owned by John Lennon.

2. Be careful with those strings! - part 1
The highest price paid for a guitar was the £316,879 paid out at Christies in 1999 for Eric Clapton’s ‘Brownie’ guitar, the one he played on his most famous track, ‘Layla’.

3. Be careful with those strings! - part 2
The white Fender Stratocaster used by Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock in 1969 sold at auction in 1990 for £198,000.

4. But it’s just a piece of paper!
The notebook containing Paul McCartney’s original lyrics for The Beatles’ ‘Hey Jude’ fetched £111,500 at Sotheby’s in 1998.

5. Scribbles
A full set of Beatles autographs will set you back anywhere between £1,000-£3,000.

6. Dressed for the occasion
The Union Jack dress sported by Geri Halliwell at the Spice Girls’ 1997 Brit Awards went under the hammer at Sotheby’s on September 16th 1998. It raised a staggering £41,320!

7. Elton’s jumble sale
One fine day in 1988, Elton John woke up and decided it was time to re-decorate. After the spring clean, his unwanted items of clothing, furniture, and various bric-a-brac were auctioned at Sotheby’s. It took three whole days to get through all of the items which made a grand total of £4,838,022!

8. A hard day’s night
At the auction attended by Hits & Misses, three separate salary receipts made out to The Beatles for 7 days’ work at the Top Ten Club in Hamburg in 1961 sold for £15,275, £14,100 and £12,925 respectively.

9. Hard to swallow
At the same auction, an empty mineral bottle, signed by Madonna, and smudged with her lipstick, fetched £446!

10. That’ll do spicely
Finally, a poster for Spice Girls: The Movie, signed by Posh, Ginger, Sporty, Baby and Scary, also fetched £446.

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