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Iconic Madonna dress and pre-Beatles drum kit to go up for auction

The pink Marilyn Monroe-style dress worn by pop icon Madonna in her 1984 ‘Material Girl’ music video and a pre-Beatles drum kit are some of the star items going under the hammer at a music memorabilia auction in California.

The Madonna lot, consisting of a pink satin dress with bustier top and oversized pink satin bow, satin opera gloves and rhinestone bracelets, is estimated to fetch between $100,000 – $200,000, which it goes under the hammer in May, as part of the “Music Icons” auction at Julien’s Auctions.

“We have Madonna’s Material Girl ensemble that she wore in the video Material Girl in 1985, where she was channeling Marilyn Monroe from the 1950s film that Marilyn did, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. And this dress, we estimate one to $200,000,” said Darren Julien, the founder and CEO of Julien’s Auctions.

“It’s one of the most historic and iconic pieces of Madonna … very few items that are this iconic of hers are in the public domain, so we anticipate that’ll sell for a lot of money,” he added.

The dress was originally made for the 1980 television movie, Norma Jean, but was rented a movie prop company for use in Madonna’s “Material Girl” music video. The video was inspired by Marilyn Monroe’s performance of “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend.”

A rare, pre-Beatles drum kit from John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s first band, The Quarrymen, is also going under the hammer, with estimates from Julien’s Auctions between $400,000- $600,000.

“The main thing we have is Colin Hanton’s drum kit that he used as a Quarryman and The Quarrymen, of course, was founded by John (Lennon) and Paul (McCartney), which was the very first band that they were in together. And Colin was the drummer from 1956 to 1959, and George Harrison joined in 1958. So it’s a really significant piece of rock and roll history,” said Julien.

“Ringo Starr’s drum kit that we sold in 2015, we sold for $2.1 million so this is a really important piece of rock and roll history, and there’s very few items that come up available from The Quarrymen,” he added.

Other items up for auction, include Bruce Springsteen’s hand-written “Glory Road” lyrics, The Beatles #0000002 White Album Mono Pressing, Eddie Van Halen’s Designed and Stage Played Charvel EVH Electric Guitar, Axl Rose’s Guns N’ Roses Diary of Handwritten lyrics and Bon Jovi’s Infamous 1986 Slippery When Wet Album Cover T-Shirt Worn by Angela Chidnese.

(Production: Alan Devall, Omar Younis)

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