Monkees fans will have the chance to pick up instruments, stage costumes and other items from the estate of singer Davy Jones when they go up for auction May 16 at the Hard Rock Café in New York.
Jones, who died in 2012 of a heart attack at age 66, left behind a large collection of memorabilia he amassed during his half century as a member of the band created in 1966 to star in NBC-TV’s sitcom “The Monkees,” a show designed to bring some of the manic rock ‘n’ roll energy of the Beatles to the TV screen.
Although the band was a fictional creation of the show’s producers, the group’s singles and albums quickly became bona fide pop hits and the Monkees sold more records in 1967 than the Beatles or the Rolling Stones.
Among the items that Julien’s Auctions of New York will be offering are the Hollywood Walk of Fame plaque commemorating the group’s star on Hollywood Boulevard, estimated to sell for $1,000 to $2,000, a pair of gold and platinum Recording Industry Assn. of America awards for the album “Then and Now…The Best of the Monkees” (estimate: $200-$400), his gold record award for the single “Daydream Believer” ($600 to $800).
The auction also includes clothing items such as a red and white-striped coat circa 1987 replicating the one he used on the TV show’s original performance of the song “Cuddly Toy” ($300 to $500), a red director’s chair with his name across the back ($200 to $400) and various pieces of equipment he played including guitars, an amplifier and one of the tambourines he used on latter-day Monkees reunion tours with fellow members Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork.
The items will be available for public preview in New York from May 12-16, and the auction of the items from Jones’ estate is slated to open May 16 at 10 a.m., part of a two-day Music Icons 2015 auction that starts May 15.
Online bidding will be handled through Julien’s website at www.julienslive.com.
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