The first major public auction ever conducted of heavy metal music memorabilia will be held November 6 at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York City and online in conjunction with Julien Entertainment.
"The sale includes original album cover artwork, handwritten lyrics and musical instruments from METALLICA, ANTHRAX and other heavy metal groups. Many of the METALLICA items are from the collection of Jon Zazula, founder of Megaforce Records," said Darren Julien, President of Julien Entertainment of West Hollywood, California.
The sale contains over 100 auction lots of awards, instruments, lyrics, artwork and documents from artists such as ALICE COOPER, ANTHRAX, GUNS N' ROSES, OZZY OSBOURNE, VAN HALEN, MÖTLEY CRÜE, KISS and many others. This historic offering gives fans an opportunity to obtain a piece of heavy metal music history from one of their favorite bands.
"Hard Rock Cafe was built on ground-breaking music, and we are thrilled to host the first-ever heavy metal memorabilia auction," said Don Bernstine, Hard Rock Cafe Manager of Acquisitions/Artist Relations. "The Hard Rock has the world's greatest collection of rock 'n' roll memorabilia, so we are a natural venue for this historic event that gives music fans the chance to own these artifacts that helped develop a new genre of music."
Auction highlights include:
* The original album covers artwork for METALLICA's 1986 "Master of Puppets" (pre-sale estimate of $5,000 to $7,000);
* A Guild electric bass guitar played by Cliff Burton, an early METALLICA member who was killed in a 1986 bus accident ($7,000 to $9,000);
* Handwritten lyrics by Burton and METALLICA founder Lars Ulrich to songs recorded on the group's first album, "Kill 'Em All", in 1983 ($1,000 to $3,000);
* An original METALLICA 1983 early "No Life 'Til Leather" demo cassette tape recorded in Jon Zazula's New York-area home ($2,000 to $3,000);
* The 1989 MTV music award presented to GUNS N' ROSES for best heavy metal video, "Sweet Child O' Mine" ($3,000 to $5,000);
* OZZY OSBOURNE "Blizzard of Ozz" platinum sales award ($500 to $700);
* KISS frontman Paul Stanley's two-piece 1980s stage-worn costume ($200 to $300);
* A grey cotton jumpsuit with embroidery, "Van Halen 1984", that was worn by guitarist Eddie Van Halen for his group's "1984" album and number-one single, "Jump" ($2,000 to $3,000).
The sale also includes other music memorabilia from AC/DC, AEROSMITH, ALICE COOPER, CHEAP TRICK, JOAN JETT, JUDAS PRIEST, KISS, LED ZEPPELIN, MÖTLEY CRÜE, OZZY OSBOURNE, QUIET RIOT, SKID ROW and TWISTED SISTER.
The auction will be conducted online and in person at the Hard Rock Cafe, 221 West 57th St., New York, New York, starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 6.