Backstage Auctions has wrapped up its 2004 live auction schedule with the completion of the Lydia Criss auction. The auction, which featured personal and KISS-related items from her 12-year marriage to original KISS drummer Peter Criss as well as items from Lydia's years as a rock photographer, sold 84% of her collection.
The biggest-selling items were Lydia's collection of personal scrapbooks which went for over $10,000, a Peter Criss "Destroyer"-era silver cross which went for almost $5,000, and truck rental receipts from 1973 signed by Paul Stanley which went for almost $4,000. "The fascinating thing about the whole collecting business," explains Backstage Auctions founder/owner Jacques van Gool "is the wide range of items collectors will pay top dollar for. Paper goods personally signed by a big artist are notoriously popular, and the bidding can go into the thousands. You might expect that from record awards, vintage guitars or handwritten lyrics but the reality is that often the smaller pieces end up being the most popular and desirable. It's often not what people would expect."
Although the live auction season has ended for this year, there are always items available at the Backstage Auctions online store which is found at their web site, www.backstageauctions.com. Prior to the Lydia Criss auction, other 2004 major auctions were from original KISS tour manager, Sean Delaney, the widow of MÖTLEY CRÜE's first manager, Barbara Coffman, and legendary producer Eddie Kramer. Jacques, and wife/ partner Kelli, are already preparing for 2005. "We are scheduling a couple of big auctions to kick off next year with major artists," explains Kelli, "and will be announcing the first one before the end of 2004." In addition, the company is planning to put together several "theme" auctions that will run in between their big-name artist auctions throughout the year.