So what are the latest cool items popping up in auction? Well, a foot long, nearly 9 inch in diameter egg. Perfect present for Easter, if it weren’t expected to fetch $45,000 at Christie’s auction house in London. You won’t want to color it in pastels either. It’s a massive fossilized egg that was laid on the island of Madagascar by the extinct elephant bird (imagine one of those messing up your windshield).
These birds resembled ostriches and could grow up to 11 feet high, meaning…had we been around then, we’d be making one hell of an omelet (if they weren’t eating us first!).
But it’s not dinosaur and extinct animal eggs you autograph collects want to know about, so…on to the good stuff.
John Lennon had a draft letter with angry words to his former bandmate Paul McCartney and his late wife Linda. It was written in the early ‘70s, and is two pages long. The stationery shows John and Yoko within a circle and their lips almost touching. There are corrections in Lennon’s hand, and some of the content includes Lennon saying “Do you really think most of today’s art came about because of the Beatles? I don’t believe you’re that insane – Paul – do you believe that? When you stop believing it you might wake up!”
That’s expected to get around $50,000. Yet with this Beatles Sgt. Pepper record going for so much more then anticipated, and with the signature and content of the letter dealing with the Beatles break-up and continued fighting, I’m seeing this getting six figures. It’s going to be auctioned at Profiles in History on May 30th.
The Douglas Elliman’s Madison Avenue art gallery is going to display that, as well as 250 documents that will be sold online.
An item even more interesting than the Lennon letter, is one Marilyn Monroe wrote to somebody that could be considered her McCartney – acting coach/mentor Lee Strasberg. Monroe wrote out the two page letter, saying things like “My will is weak but I can’t stand anything. I sound crazy but I think I’m going crazy.”
It was on Hotel Bel-Air letterhead stationery. It also says “It’s just that I get before a camera and my concentration and everything I’m trying to learn leaves me. Then I feel like I’m not existing in the human race at all.”
The letter was probably written during the filming of Let’s Make Love in 1959. She was married to author/playwright Arthur Miller, and they stayed at that hotel during filming. Rumor has it she was having an affair with costar Yves Montand, who was staying nearby with his wife Simone Signoret.
There are also 58 Eisenhower letters that were handwritten, between 1942 and 1945. Topics include his wife Mamie and the war. They are believed to be among the largest group of Eisenhower letters around and should bring over $100,000.
There are over 250 letters and documents, all being sold by an anonymous American collector.