NEW YORK (June 18, 1996) - A sparse crowd sat on its hands and went home with memorabilia at prices well below presale estimates Tuesday at Sotheby's auction of music and movie memorabilia.|
The few exceptions were materials connected with John Lennon,Marilyn Monroe, Jim Morrison and some others.
A green 1972 Chrysler station wagon that Lennon and Yoko Ono used for a cross-country trip in 1975 brought $20,700 -- $4,300 above its presale estimate.
But the same couldn't be said for a pair of Fiberglas tablets for Cecil B. DeMille's 'The Ten Commandments,' engraved in a Bronze Age language that preceded Hebrew. Estimates predicted a sale for up to $70,000 but bidding stopped at $32,500 and the lot was withdrawn.
Perhaps the most spirited bidding took place over a notebook with seven pages of Morrison's poetry and two pages of drawings that may be self-portraits. It fetched $25,300, more than double its top presale estimate.
'I bought it for a friend, a collector,' said the buyer, who would only identify himself as Ed. Asked how high the friend had been willing to go, Ed said, 'He told me to get it. I guess I would have gone to at least $100,000.'