Bette Midler’s Julien Auction is scheduled for May 19/20 in 2023

May 3, 2023

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Julien’s Auctions spectacular lineup of artifacts are offered in the industry’s premiere music auction event, Music Icons, taking place Friday, May 19th,  Saturday, May 20th, and Sunday, May 21st, 2023 live at Hard Rock Cafe  New York and online at Julien’s Live.

Over 1,200 items owned and used by the world’s greatest music artists such as Kurt Cobain, Nirvana, The Beatles, Guns N’ Roses, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Elvis Presley, David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, Johnny Cash, Eddie Van Halen, U2, Tupac Shakur, Judas Priest, Motley Crüe, Bob Dylan and more will be offered in addition to exclusive collections from Amy Winehouse, Bill Wyman, Julian Lennon, Bette Midler, Phil Spector with the three-day auction event closing as previously announced with the grand finale, Property from the Special Collection of Global Icon Janet Jackson.

One of the incredible highlights of the auction will be a 1960s Rosetti Egmond 276 Toledo acoustic guitar signed by a star-studded lineup of music icons who performed or attended as guests on BBC’s The Top of the Pops during the show’s early years, while Lorn “Johnnie” Stewart was the producer. Over 35 signatures and inscriptions from legendary musicians such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Dusty Springfield, The Ronettes, The Crystals, Neil Diamond, Marianne Faithfull and more are featured on the instrument.

Hitting the auction stage front and center will be legacy items from one of the most iconic rock bands of all time, Nirvana, such as a black Fender Stratocaster electric guitar smashed by Kurt Cobain and signed by all three members of Nirvana.

One of the marquee auction headliners of the three-day event will be the five-time GRAMMY Award®-winning retro-soul music superstar and pop diva, Amy Winehouse. This stunning collection of 50 pieces, synonymous with Winehouse’s distinct style and signature artistry, curated by Naomi Parry, author of Beyond Black, the definitive story of Amy Winehouse, and Winehouse’s stylist, designer, and close friend, who created many of the style icon’s most famous fashion moments, were displayed recently at The Museum of Style Icons at the Newbridge Silverware Visitor’s Centre’sexhibition of Winehouse’s life and career.

The King of Rock and Roll thrilled audiences once again in Baz Luhrmann’s blockbuster 2022 biographical film Elvis and his iconic Las Vegas residency and comeback television special as well as personal items from his private life and larger than life persona will reign in this auction.

Rare items from the legendary guitarist and singer Jimi Hendrix will rock the auction stage such as his handwritten lyrics for the 1967 Bath Pavilion “51st Anniversary” song signed by Hendrix and members of The Jimi Hendrix Experience drummer Mitch Mitchell and bassist Noel Redding.

Extraordinary and more never before seen pieces from the renowned Rolling Stones archive of Bill Wyman, the legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, English musician, record producer, songwriter and singer and founding member and bassist of the World’s Greatest Rock Band, will be an outstanding highlight of this music auction blockbuster. This intimate and personal time capsule of Wyman’s storied three decade career features important memorabilia, documents, jewelry and other treasures of Rolling Stones history.

In their continuation of representing Beatles iconography of historical significance at auction, Julien’s proudly presents an array of remarkable pieces from Julian Lennon’s private collection of Beatles treasures and historic personal items from his father John Lennon. Rarely have pieces from GRAMMY® Nominated singer/songwriter, multi-faceted artist and humanitarian, Julian Lennon’s collection been seen or made available to the public. A portion of the proceeds of this auction of Julian Lennon’s collection will benefit Lennon’s nonprofit, The White Feather Foundation.

A glittering collection from The Divine Miss M herself, Bette Midler, will dazzle the auction stage this May. Costumes, record albums, posters, and more from the entertainment icon’s illustrious film, stage and music career spanning five decades that have won her Grammy, Emmy, and Golden Globe awards and legions of fans worldwide will be offered.

From the Estate of the Rock and Hall of Fame inducted American record producer and songwriter, Phil Spector, the infamous trailblazer of the “wall of sound” technique and some of the biggest hits in the canon of American pop music such as the Righteous Brothers’ “You’ve Lost That Lovin Feelin,’” The Ronnettes’ “Be My Baby,” and The Crystals’ “Da Doo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home)” comes a collection of memorabilia, personal items, recording studio gear and more.

Julien’s Auctions has once again partnered with Gibson – the iconic, leading American instrument brand – in offering instruments and music items donated and signed by some of the biggest luminaries in entertainment. All proceeds of this auction will go towards Gibson’s charitable arm Gibson Gives whose mission is to support non-profit organizations to advance musicians, youth-focused education, music, and wellness initiatives.

“I want my MTV!” And Julien’s got it with a remarkable collection of MTV Video Music Awards through the different eras and continents the iconic awards show has been telecasted including for the first time at Julien’s, an MTV “VMAJ” Moonman from Japan (“Sumo award”) awarded to and signed by the Beastie Boys and MTV “AVMA” Moonman Australia (“Playtpus award”) from Justin Timerlake and Timbaland.


Hard Rock Cafe New York

1501 Broadway-Times Square

New York, NY 10036

Monday, May 15th, 2023 – Friday, May 19th, 2023

Free to the public: 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time daily


Friday, May 19

Music Icons

Session I: 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time

Saturday, May 20

Music Icons

Session II: 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time

Julien’s Auction

Another Glittering
Collection From
The Divine Miss M


Featuring costumes, record albums, posters, and more from the entertainment icon’s illustrious film, stage, and music career spanning five decades!

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4 thoughts on “Bette Midler’s Julien Auction is scheduled for May 19/20 in 2023

  1. Wow! It looks like the big winner was Bette’s mermaid costume from “Kiss My Brass”. Estimated bid was $1,000 to $2,000 and after 34 bids (I wasn’t one of them–not that rich, lol) it sold for $22, 225. Thanks for sharing this post, Mister D! As always, you’re the best!!! (P.S. It looks like a lot of Bette’s items sold over estimated value–the diva’s still hot!)

  2. Yes, the dalmatian dress was estimated between $1,000 and $2,000 and sold for $1,625. Many of her signed record albums and album collections sold over list (estimated value). The other big seller on the list was the MTV award for “We are the World” Best Group Video, but that originally belonged to Michael Jackson (guess it was cross-promoted with Bette’s stuff). Oddly, the statue was broken and then repaired. It sold for over $9,000 (estimated between $2k and $4k).

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