LYNBROOK, NY – Charles Manson’s original reservation form, complete with fingerprints, for the 1969 Tate-LaBianca murders, a complete Psittacosaurus dinosaur skeleton and other prehistoric artifacts, an archive of material relating to Barbra Streisand and items signed by JFK and the Beatles will all be up for bidding at Weiss Auctions’ iconic and eclectic auction on Thursday, September 29.
The online auction, filled with approximately 500 rare and unusual items, will begin at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time. And, as tantalizing as the above-mentioned items are, none should generate as much interest as the first three items relating to Elvis Presley – including one of the three original recordings from The King’s very first recording session in 1954 for Sun Records.
More on that later. First, the original “Los Angeles Consolidated Booking Form Jail Custody Record” with Charles Manson’s fingerprints, created when Manson was convicted of robbery and homicide in the horrific 1969 Tate-LaBianca murders. Manson was already detained for car theft when detectives were dispatched to arrest him following his murder charge.
The details of the reservation indicate that his profession was “musician”, that he did not have a social security number, that he was also not employed, that he had “nobody” to contact in emergency and that he had a “light, a ballpoint pen, various papers” and $7 when he was arrested. On the back appears Manson’s thumbprint, taken when booking by “R. Tate #J8922”. The booking form is expected to fetch between $25,000 and $35,000.
The complete skeleton of the Psittacosaurus dinosaur, approximately 18 inches high and 24 inches long, has been professionally repaired and restored. It looks like it’s missing a few pieces, but it’s still a rare and amazing piece (estimated between $15,000 and $25,000). Psittacosaurus is a genus of extinct ceratopsian dinosaur from the Lower Cretaceous of present-day Asia, existing between 126 and 101 million years ago.
Other prehistoric gifts include a fossilized tail vertebra bone from Camarasaurus (Jurassic period); a fossilized Triceratops horn; a fossilized upper jawbone of a baby woolly mammoth, with two teeth; and an unhatched, 75–100 million year old, Cretaceous Mongolian Oviraptor egg, 178mm long, unrestored, eggshell 98% intact (est. 3,000 $ to $4,000).
The extensive and significant archive of Barbra Streisand material includes correspondence between the singer and Barry Dennen, with whom she had a relationship in 1960-1961. Items include the 45 rpm record Barbra Streisand – In French (EP6048), signed and inscribed to Mr. Dennen on the back of the record sleeve, and three postcards written by Streisand to Mr. Dennen.
Also included are ten notebook pages handwritten by Streisand, two handwritten letters from Streisand mailed from the Wolverine Hotel (one written on hotel letterhead; the envelopes have room 308 as return address), a typewritten letter signed by Streisand to Dennen thanking him for his note on a TV show, another handwritten letter, and other items (est. $10,000 to $15,000).
There are two lots regarding JFK, both signed by the former president. One is a copy of the first edition of As we remember Joe (University Press, Cambridge, Mass., 1945), a tribute to the eldest of the Kennedy brothers, killed during the Second World War. JFK boldly signed and inscribed on the free flyleaf, “For Bill, Who Flew with Joe, by Jack Kennedy” (est. $10,000-$12,000).
The other is a complete six-volume set of History of Ireland by Reverend EA Dalton, first edition (London: The Gresham Publishing Company, 1912), all hardcovers bound in green cloth. The first free end page of each volume is signed in black ink, “John F. Kennedy” except for the sixth volume, which is signed upside down on the last free end page (est. 35,000 $-$45,000).
The Beatles prize is a congratulatory telegram sent to the sender, informing her that she had won a ticket to see the Beatles at their concert at Steel Pier (Philadelphia) on August 16, 1966. She could not, however, do so, because the ticket is gifted, unused, along with a 1963 Beatles photo card, signed by all four and inscribed on the back, “To Betty Ann, Pity you could’t make it” (the inscription appearing be in Paul’s hand). The lot is expected to fetch between $15,000 and $20,000.
Now for Elvis. An acetate recording of It’s OK on side A and Kentucky Blue Moon on Side B is considered one of rock’s holy grails, as it was the record that launched Elvis’ career and forever changed American popular music. John Lennon once said, “Before Elvis, there was nothing. Three acetates were cut during this first session; one of the three will make an offer.
Will also be sold an acetate recording of Blue suede shoes, also with Elvis on vocals. The song would become a huge hit in 1955 for Carl Perkins, before Presley recorded his own version the following year. Both records topped the charts. Elvis ordered a real pair of blue suede shoes and wore them when he performed the song. The shoes were sold at auction in 2013 for $80,000.
The Third Element is a large version of the famous photo showing the four members of the “Million Dollar Quartet” – Presley, Perkins, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis – signed and dedicated by all four to Marion Keisker MacInnes, who worked at Sun Records and was a key contributor to Elvis’ early development. The photograph was taken at the Sun Records studio in Memphis.
Other items of interest will include a one-page letter written and signed by Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778), philosopher, writer and composer from Geneva, dated February 3, 1763, a week before the Treaty of Paris, in which he discusses Christian charity (est. $3,000 to $5,000).
An architectural model and plan book for the 1939 New York World’s Fair by Messmore and Damon Designers and Builders, resembling what would have been the Hall of Presidents, on a 20-inch square base and housed in a wooden crate custom wood, should make $3,000 to $5,000.
A George S. Patton group of over 50 documents and other items relating to the death of Pvt. Sam Reichstein, three of them signed by Patton; three copies of RAW Magazine (Vol. 1, #1; Vol. 1, #4; and Vol. 1, #5); a piece of prehistoric petrified wood found in Arizona; and photographs signed by astronauts Buzz Aldrin, John Glenn, Ken Mattingly and Guy Bluford.
Internet auctions will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com and Invaluable.com. Telephone and correspondence bids will also be accepted.
Weiss Auctions is still accepting quality submissions for future auctions. To consign an item, estate or collection, you can call them at (516) 594-0731; or, you can email Philip Weiss at [email protected] For more information about Weiss Auctions and the iconic and eclectic auction scheduled for Thursday, September 29, visit www.WeissAuctions.com.
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