Hey there readers, I’m here to share the news about the upcoming auction of numerous items from the Estate of the late, and still very great Ronnie James Dio. Grab a cup of coffee, your glasses if you need them and check the balance on your credit card because you’re going to make sure you are settled up before diving into this. Let’s go.
The Press Release:
World-record breaking auction house Julien’s Auctions will pay tribute to one of the most influential heavy metal heroes and forefathers of the head-banging music genre with Property From The Estate Of Ronnie James Dio, taking place Friday, September 14 and Saturday, September 15 live at Hard Rock Cafe in New York and online at www.juliensauctions.com. Now is your chance to own a part of heavy metal history!
Left to right: Dio’s stage worn shirt, a Barry Jackson painting used as cover of The Last in Line album and Charvel guitar
Highlights of the auction include several pieces of original album artwork including the acrylic painting by Barry Jackson used as the cover for the 1984 Dio album The Last in Line (estimate $20,000-$30,000); his pair of moon and stars patchwork jeans worn extensively on stage with Rainbow (estimate $2,000-$4,000); Dio’s custom made violet suede vest with tails and red leather shin guards worn on stage and in promotional photographs for the 1985 Sacred Heart Tour (estimate $2,000-$4,000); a personalized Black Sabbath hooded velour robe from the 1981 Mob Rules tour worn regularly back stage (estimate $1,000-$2,000); Dio’s personal rolling wardrobe case (estimate $800-$1,200); some of the most ambitious and spectacular stage design rock has ever seen with props such as a monumental animatronic sphinx on plinth base from the 1984 The Last In Line tour (estimate $2,000-4,000) and a massive animatronic dragon’s head from the 1985 Sacred Heart tour (estimate $3,000-5,000); an array of Dio’s studio and stage used instruments and gear such as a custom Charvel guitar featuring a one-of-a-kind wizard paint motif (estimate $3,000-$5,000); a 1978 “Gold” record award commemorating Australian sales of the Rainbow album Rising (estimate $600-$800) and a 1978 “Gold” record award for the album Rainbow: On Stage (estimate $600-$800) and more.
“Dio stands atop the colossal rock legends of our time as the definitive heavy metal hero whose voice, style and persona influenced heavy metal and today’s music icons like no other,” said Darren Julien, President/Chief Executive Officer of Julien’s Auctions. “Julien’s Auctions salutes Dio’s enduring legacy in this larger than life collection of his artifacts that will surely be the ultimate metal auction of the season.”
Wendy Dio adds, “I am glad that Ronnie’s extensive collection of items will go to his fans, museums and collectors around the world to be displayed for all to see and enjoy. These items are very special to me but I recognize the historical importance of anything to do with Ronnie. He would want his fans to be able to own, enjoy and see these items for many years to come.”
JULIEN’S AUCTIONS Public Exhibition & Live Auction Location
Hard Rock Cafe New York
1501 Broadway-Times Square, New York, NY 10036
JULIEN’S AUCTIONS NEW YORK PUBLIC EXHIBITION
Monday, September 10, 2018 – Friday, September 14, 2018
Free to the public: 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. EDT daily
Live and online Auction:
Friday, September 14 – Property from the Estate of Ronnie James Dio
Session I: 10:00 a.m. EDT
Session II: 1:00 p.m. EDT
Saturday, September 15 – Property from the Estate of Ronnie James Dio
Session I: 10:00 a.m. EDT
Session II: 1:00 p.m. EDT
Registering to Bid: Registration is required to bid in this online auction and can be done in person at the exhibition, or online before the sale at the JuliensAuctions.com Registration page to bid by phone, proxy or in person, or online at JuliensLive.com to bid live online, or by calling (310) 836-1818.
Placing Bids; There are four ways to bid in this sale:
1. Bid through Julien’s Auctions Online Live in Real Time at JuliensLive.com.
2. Bid over the telephone through an auction house representative.
3. Submit a bid in person at the Hard Rock Café.
4. Enter Absentee bids. Absentee bid forms are included in the back of each catalogue, and are also available by calling Julien’s Auctions or online at their link below.
ABOUT JULIEN’S AUCTIONS: Julien’s Auctions is the world-record breaking auction house. Collaborating with the famous and the exclusive, Julien’s Auctions produces high profile auctions in the film, music, sports and art markets. Julien’s Auctions has received international recognition for its unique and innovative auction events which attract thousands of collectors, investors, fans and enthusiasts from around the world. Julien’s Auctions specializes in sales of iconic artifacts and notable collections including Marilyn Monroe, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Lady Gaga, Banksy, Cher, Michael Jackson, U2, Barbra Streisand, Les Paul, Neil Young, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Jimi Hendrix and many more. In 2016, Julien’s Auctions received its second placement in the Guinness Book of World Records for the sale of the world’s most expensive dress ever sold at auction, The Marilyn Monroe “Happy Birthday Mr. President” dress which sold for $4.8 million. Julien’s Auctions achieved placement in the Guinness Book of World Records in 2009 for the sale of Michael Jackson’s white glove, which sold for $480,000 making it the most expensive glove ever sold at auction. Based in Los Angeles, Julien’s Auctions has a global presence bringing their auctions and exhibitions to targeted destinations worldwide including London, New York, Las Vegas, Japan and China. Live auctions are presented for bidders on-site and online via live streaming video and mobile technology. For more information on Julien’s Auctions, go to www.juliensauctions.com. Connect with Julien’s Auctions at www.facebook.com/JuliensAuction or www.twitter.com/JuliensAuctions or www.instagram.com/juliens_auctions.
About Hard Rock International: With venues in 75 countries, including 182 cafes, 24 hotels and 11 casinos, Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognized companies. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world’s greatest collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise, Hard Rock Live performance venues and an award-winning website. HRI owns the global trademark for all Hard Rock brands. The company owns, operates and franchises Cafes in iconic cities including London, New York, San Francisco, Sydney and Dubai. HRI also owns, licenses and/or manages hotel/casino properties worldwide. Destinations include the company’s two most successful Hotel and Casino properties in Tampa and Hollywood, FL., both owned and operated by HRI parent company The Seminole Tribe of Florida, as well as other exciting locations including Bali, Cancun, Ibiza, Las Vegas, and San Diego. Upcoming new Hard Rock Cafe locations include St. Petersburg, Fortaleza, Casablanca and Chengdu. New Hard Rock hotel, casino or hotel-casino projects include Atlanta, Atlantic City, Berlin, Budapest, London, Los Cabos, Maldives, New York City, Ottawa, Dalian and Haikou in China.
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: This is cool if you have the money to dish out and you were THAT big a fan of RJD with the proper space to showcase it for your company to enjoy. I loved all that the man brought to music but personally feel that many signature items belong in a place like the Hard Rock or more importantly the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame as opposed to someone’s basement or rumpus room or rehearsal space. I’m not judging of course and since Dio is NOT an inductee of the Rock Hall that’s not really an option we have to investigate either. So get out those checkbooks and prepare to bid for your life in order to get the item or items that you are most passionate about. I’m going to try to get to the public exhibition while its open to the masses and if I do you can count on numerous images here on the website. See you next time.
Ronnie James Dio: http://www.ronniejamesdio.com
Hard Rock Cafe: http://www.hardrock.com
Julien’s Auctions: http://www.juliensauctions.com