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Bruno Mars Invites Red Hot Chili Peppers to Join Him During Pepsi Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show On February 2

Bruno Mars has invited the Red Hot Chili Peppers to join him during the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show on FOX in MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ on Sunday, February 2, 2014, it was announced today during FOX’s broadcast of the NFC Divisional Playoff game featuring the New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks.

Bruno Mars first announced his Super Bowl Halftime performance during an unprecedented live announcement on Fox NFL Sunday in New York City’s Times Square just before kickoff of the first Sunday of the 2013 season.

Billboard’s 2013 Artist of the Year, Bruno Mars is a critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, producer and musician. The 18-time Grammy Award nominee and Grammy winner has sold over 130 million singles worldwide. His current album Unorthodox Jukebox and his debut album Doo-Wops & Hooligans have a combined certification total of 60x platinum worldwide. According to Billboard, Mars scored his first five “Hot 100” No. 1s faster than any male since Elvis Presley. As a singer, songwriter and producer, Mars has an impressive catalog of 22 “Hot 100” hits. Mars is nominated for multiple major categories at this year’s Grammy Awards including both “Record” and “Song of the Year” for his hit “Locked Out Of Heaven,” in addition to “Best Pop Vocal Album” for Unorthodox Jukebox and “Best Pop Solo Performance.” Bruno and his eight-piece band The Hooligans are set to launch the second leg of their sold-out Moonshine Jungle world tour in North America this summer.

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Elton John To Make Debut Appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, October 8th

Grammy winner and humanitarian Sir Elton John will be making his debut appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live”Tuesday, October 8, at 11:35pm/10:35pm CT on ABC.

The music legend will be interviewed by the late night host followed by an intimate performance on the show’s studio stage. John will be performing “Home Again” from his new album “The Diving Board.”

Kimmel’s additional guest that evening will be Emily Vancamp from ABC’s hit show, “Revenge.”

Sir Elton John, CBE, is one of the most highly acclaimed and successful solo artists of all time. He has achieved 35 gold and 25 platinum albums, has sold more than 250 million records worldwide, and holds the record for the biggest selling single of all time. Over the five decades since his career began in 1969, John has played more than 3,000 concerts worldwide.

John is the third most successful artist in the history of the American charts, behind only Elvis Presley and the Beatles. He has had 56 Top 40 singles in the United States, a total second only to Elvis Presley. He achieved seven #1 albums in the three-and-a-half-year period from 1972 to 1975 — a period of concentrated success surpassed only by the Beatles.


Elvis Spiritual Ring, George Harrison Banjo, Civil War Flag by Tiffany Will Lead Ahlers & Ogletree Oct. 6 auction

(Press Release)— A star ruby and diamond spiritual ring owned and worn by Elvis Presley, a four-string banjo owned and played by former Beatle George Harrison and a rare Civil War 36-star “General’s Guide” flag made by Tiffany & Company are just a few of the marquis lots slated to come up for bid at Ahlers & Ogletree’s Fall Estates Auction on Sunday, Oct. 6th.

The auction will begin promptly at 11 a.m. (EST) at Ahler’s & Ogletree’s spaciousgallery located at 715 Miami Circle (Suite 210) in Atlanta. In all, about 600 lots will be sold, in a rainbow of categories to include fine art, Asian objects, period furniture, estate jewelry, Old Paris and Ridgway porcelain, fine silver,chandeliers, Persian rugs, Beatles fan memorabilia and more.

The Elvis Presley star ruby and diamond spiritual ring was originally given to Presley on a visit to The Self-Realization Fellowship as a gift by Hindu founder Paramahansa Yogananda. Elvis later gifted the ring in 1976 to his bodyguard, Sam Thompson (whose sister, Linda, Presley dated for more than four years). The ring comes with a signed affidavit from Mr. Thompson.

The George Harrison four-string banjo is indistinctly marked on the headpiece, with only the word “London” legible. The banjo, however, comes with a hang tag, identifying the piece as “Lot 289” from Sotheby’s Carousel Sale held June 28, 1986, attesting to its authenticity. Interest in Beatles-related items continues to be strong, as does demand for all things related to the band.

The 36-star Civil War “National Colors” flag (a “General’s Guide” flag) was made circa 1864 by Tiffany & Co., which had contracted with the U.S. Army to make regimented guidons, flank markers and national colors flags for units, generals and state units. The flag being sold has no unit markings and is made of silk, with hand-embroidered gold stars, 24 inches by 37 inches.

Furniture items will feature an 18th century Biedermeier secretary with mother of pearl key escutcheons, impressive at 83 inches tall by 43 ¼ inches wide; and a pair of mother of pearl inlaid and gilt decorated lacquer papier mache parlor chairs, each one having a back decorated with a pair of birds perched on a two-tiered fountain above a bursting bird and foliate design.

The sale will feature paintings by listed artists. Noteworthy lots include the following:

A monumental watercolor, acrylic and charcoal on brown paper by the Dutch painter Han van Meegeren (1889-1947), titled Woman with Afghan Hound Dog, artist signed.

An oil on canvas double-sided painting by Jean Mannheim (Am., 1861-1945), with a landscape with poplars on the front and a figural scene of two women on the back.

An oil painting by Joseph Henry Sharp (Am., 1859-1953), titled In the Doghouse, depicting a little blonde girl in a white dress and red hat, signed, dated and framed.

Bronzes will also be sold. Two lots to watch will be a large sculpture, titled Skylark, of a female trapeze artist by Victor Salmones (Mex., 1937-1989), with the young woman shown in a back-bend over an aerial bar with one hand dropped behind her head parallel to her flowing hair; and a 26-inch tall French bronze figure of Mercury, marked “Barbedienne Fondeur” (Foundry).

There will also be a fine Art Nouveau carved marble sculpture of a female nude, 21 inches tall and 27 inches long. The Asian category will be highlighted by a carved hardstone reclining Quan Yin figure shown resting its hand and holding up its head, wearing a dark-colored robe accented in gold and decorated. The figure is 9 ¾ inches tall and sits on a rectangular plinth.

Other star lots include a Thomas Edison Victrola with hand-painted iris decoration in a slate-colored horn; a pair of bronze and marble handled urns with figural relief scenes of young Neoclassical women, marked “Barbedienne� each 26 inches tall; and a Sevres bronze mounted center bowl with exterior scenes of a couple courting and two women picking fruit and flowers.

For those unable to attend the auction in person, Internet bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com. Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted. Ahlers & Ogletree will be open at 10 a.m. on the days leading up to the sale for viewing and registration. Food and drink will be served at the auction. A buyer’s premium will be applied to all purchases made.

Ahlers & Ogletree is a multi-faceted, family-owned business that spans the antiques, estate sale, wholesale, liquidation, auction and related industries. The firm is always accepting quality consignments for future auctions. To consign an item, an estate or a collection, you may call them at (404) 869-2478; or, you can send them an e-mail at info@aandoauctions.com.

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