Beatles, Lady Gaga memorabilia in online auction

Wed Oct 6, 2010 5:54pm EDT
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By Lynn Adler

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Unreleased Lady Gaga songs, handwritten Paul McCartney lyrics and clothing from Princess Diana and Elvis Presley are among unique celebrity items that will be sold in an online auction this month.

McCartney's handwritten working lyrics to "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" from the 1969 Abbey Road album are expected to be the top seller with a price tag of at least $200,000.

But bids could start as low as $100 for items like a signed handwritten letter from Phil Spector, the music producer convicted of murder.

About 850 items such as CDs from Lady Gaga's first manager, Michael Jackson's crystal studded helmet worn during his 1981 "Triumph tour and James Brown's original 1987 signed U.S. passport are for sale at from October 6-15.

"Whether it was from ex-managers, ex-lovers, ex-wives, sons, daughters, they all come from family members or friends, some collectors," said Peter J. Siegel, co-founder of GOTTA HAVE IT! Collectibles, Inc.

This is the largest of the company's Internet auctions of rock and roll and pop art. In 2008 Elvis's Peacock Jumpsuit sold for $300,000.

More than 90 Beatles items should be popular in the year of John Lennon's 70th birthday, Siegel said.

"He'll be forever revered in our society," he added.   Continued...