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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 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

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Amy Winehouse to Come Back in a Hologram

Amy Winehouse fans can see the late singer come back to life after her family gave its blessing to be a technological reincarnation.

Slain rapper Tupac Shakur came back from the grave to ‘perform’ at the Coachella music festival in California earlier this year.

Other tragic stars’ relatives, including the family of Michael Jackson and George Harrison, have ruled out bringing their loved ones back to the stage, but Mitch Winehouse is open to a hologram concert by his daughter.

He tells Britain’s The Sun, “The most important thing to Amy was the music and I’m sure a lot of people would like to hear her sing again.

“It depends on what Amy’s fans want as a way to keep her memory alive. If it’s a book, an album or a hologram, then so be it.”

However, he insists he would not want to see the footage: “I can’t watch Amy on TV or listen to her songs, it’s really difficult.”

Paul McCartney Gets Hollywood Walk Of Fame Star

Paul McCartney nabbed a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Thursday, the last of The Beatles quartet to receive the honor.

“Way back in history, in Liverpool when we were kids … I would have never thought that the day would come when I would get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame,” he told the cheering crowd gathered to witness the unveiling.

McCartney, who has had a successful solo career since his Beatles days, received the recognition after his bandmates Ringo Starr, the late George Harrison and the late John Lennon all previously landed Hollywood stars.

The band itself even has a star on the Hollywood Boulevard strip, outside the Capitol Records building in downtown Los Angeles.

Dressed casually in jeans, a black jacket and his classic shades, the 69-year-old said Thursday he “couldn’t have done it without three boys … John, George and Ringo,” and added thanks to his supportive family.

McCartney’s new bride, third wife Nancy Shevell, and his son James, 34, were in attendance at the afternoon ceremony.

The English rocker was nominated to receive the star in 1993 but scheduling conflicts prevented him from attending until this year.

He is in Los Angeles in advance of his performance at the 54th annual Grammy Awards Sunday.

Rare Amp Used By George Harrison To Sell At Auction

A rare amplifier used by George Harrison during the recording of the classic Beatles albums Revolver and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is set to hit the auction block next month.
The amp, a Vox brand UL730 model amp and cabinet, was recently connected to Harrison when a repair found his named carved into the inside. According to, the amp’s owners did more research and confirmed that it was in fact the late Beatle’s amp and was used on both albums.
“Very few amps used by The Beatles have come to auction before, and to find one that was used on two such significant albums is truly rare and exciting,” said Stephen Maycock, a rep from the Bonham’s Auction house.
The amp is expected to fetch between $80,000 and $110,000. A “to do” list penned by John Lennon will also be sold in an upcoming auction.

Julian Lennon Fuming Over Paul McCartney Wedding Snub

John Lennon’s son Julian is convinced he has been “snubbed” and “ignored” by Paul McCartney after the former Beatle failed to invite him to his recent wedding.

The music legend married American heiress Nancy Shevell in London on October 2nd and followed it up with a second reception in New York later that month.

Lennon claims he wasn’t invited to either of the wedding parties, and alleges he was “snubbed” at the London premiere of Martin Scorsese’s film, George Harrison: Living In The Material World, last month and the five-year anniversary performance of the Beatles musical Love in Las Vegas in June.

A message on Lennon’s personal page, obtained by, was posted on October 23rd, the day after McCartney’s New York wedding reception, and appears to take aim at the veteran star.

The post reads, “Wow… Snubbed at Macca’s wedding, snubbed at the anniversary of LOVE in Vegas! Snubbed at Macca’s wedding reception in NYC, last night.

“Snubbed at George’s film premiere… What have I done to be ignored in such a way?… I was not invited to ANY of these events… I thought we had a relationship… Obviously not… Gimme some truth… Maybe now it’s time to tell the truth… I & my mother will not be eradicated from history… How dare they.”

Julian is Lennon’s son from his first marriage to Cynthia Powell.

More Beatles Memorabilia To Be Auctioned

John Lennon‘s personal sketches and other Beatles memorabilia are set to go under the hammer at an auction in Argentina later this month.
The collection, which contains over 120 Fab Four items, features black-and-white photos, an autographed Paul McCartney bass guitar, and even signed cheques.
A highly sought-after original drawing by Lennon, which showcases stick figures of the late singer and his wife Yoko Ono, along with a scribbled message that reads “1+1=John+Yoko. ‘Tis simple math guys,” is expected to fetch upwards of $22,535.
Collector Paul Blisniuk, tells Reuters, “My passion for The Beatles comes from childhood… I grew up with Beatlemania and I’m a Beatles fanatic… I came from a poor family so my dad couldn’t afford the records, but over time, I started saving newspaper clippings, magazines, and my collection grew.
The auction will begin on October 13.

George Harrison Memorabilia To Go On Show

Guitars, clothing and lyrics from George Harrison‘s collection are to be exhibited in Los Angeles to coincide with the release of Martin Scorseses new film about the late Beatle.

The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles will mount a major exhibition on the life and music of Harrison next month (Oct11), titled George Harrison: Living in the Material World – which is also the name of Scorsese’s film.
The museum is working closely with Harrison’s widow, Olivia Harrison and his son Dhani, in putting together what is being described as the first major look at Harrison, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The exhibition, which opens on 11 October (11), features memorabilia from Harrison’s years with the Beatles, his solo career and the time he spent as a member of supergroup the Traveling Wilburys.
The show will also feature never-before-seen photographs taken by Harrison.

Liverpool’s Cavern Club Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Beatles’ First Performance There

On Wednesday, February 9th, The Cavern Club in Liverpool, England celebrated the 50th anniversary of The Beatles‘ first performance on its stage.  In February 1961, the Fab Four’s lineup featured Paul McCartneyJohn LennonGeorge Harrison and drummer Pete Best, who was replaced by Ringo Starr in 1962.  Best’s mother, Mona, was the one to beg the club’s talent booker, Ray McFall, to give the band a chance to play.  Their first concert was a lunchtime slot. 
The Cavern Club’s co-owner, Dave Jones, said that the Beatles eventually “became the house band” of the club.  They would go on to play 292 shows there, according to Rolling Stone.  Jones said that, at their first show, many of the songs they played were covers of songs by Chuck Berry and Little Richard, which were par for the course.  Said Jones, “Little Richard and Chuck Berry were the two main artists whose numbers were covered here in the Cavern by all the bands, not just the Beatles.”
The Cavern Club celebrated by having one of their current house bands perform a one-hour lunchtime set, just as the Beatles did 50 years ago, and then followed it up with a Beatles tribute concert that evening.  Jones said the Beatles starting out at the Cavern Club is just “a great story about four very ordinary guys who conquered the world,” and added, “The fact that they launched themselves from this cellar here in Liverpool, it’s just a great moment here for us.”

Gretsch To Sell Limited Edition Replica Of Harrison Guitar

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Guitar makers at Gretsch are marketing a new guitar styled after the Duo Jet George Harrison strummed in his early days with the Beatles.

The limited edition instrument is a replica of the one Harrison played at Liverpool’s fabled Cavern Club.

The late Beatle once described the Duo Jet as his “first really decent guitar”. He was pictured holding one on the cover of his 1987 album Cloud Nine.

Only 60 tribute Duo Jets will be available to fans when they hit stores in May (11), and each will cost upwards of $20,000.

The news of the new guitar has brought merchant sailor Ivan Hayward to come forward and recall selling his to Harrison.

He tells USA Today newspaper, “It didn’t have a huge body, and you could get it flat into your body and move with it. It was like the nearest thing to making love to a woman. That’s what it meant in those days.” A copy of the I.O.U. slip Harrison left Hayward after buying the guitar for less than the asking price is included with each new Duo Jet.

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