On the Auction Block: Elton John’s Passport and a Warhol Soup Can

Blair Pfander
On the Auction Block: Elton John’s Passport and a Warhol Soup Can
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No serious art collection can be deemed complete without a Warhol piece or two, which makes this week an important one for high-roller shoppers, with Christie’s sale dedicated to the legendary pop artist heading to auction on February 26.
For celebrity connoisseurs, put in your bid for a rare invitation to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” album release party (printed, appropriately, on a single white glove). More of a classic rock fan? Elton John’s 1972 passport—complete with stamps from Jamaica and New Zealand—is the perfect addition to any collection of classic rock memorabilia.
Here, the 10 most outrageous items heading to the auction block this week.

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Warhol Chicken Soup: High-rollers looking to make an arty statement take heed: One of the most recognizable pieces from Andy Warhol's Campbell's Soup series—this one portraying "Chicken with Rice Soup"—heads to Christie's this week. Estimated $50,000 - $70,000, February 26 at Christies.

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1966 Dom Pérignon Oenothque Rosé: There's no better way to toast your next success than with a flute of this super-rare '66 Pérignon Rosé, that comes in a jet black bottle with elegant burgundy packaging. Estimated $11,000 to $15,000, February 23 at Sothebys.

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Three Captured Japanese Flags: WWII buffs should mark their calendars for February 22, when a lot of three captured Imperial Japanese Army flags—each with a central pencil sketch of a street scene or Japanese temble and the signatures of 29 GIs—heads to auction at Bonhams. Estimated $2,000 to $3,000, February 22 at Bonhams.

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Milton Avery: Known for his washed-out palettes and stark shapes, Milton Avery is one of the most important American painters of the first half of the 20th century. This work, which shows a woman reclining at the seashore, is sure to fetch a pretty penny on February 27. Estimated $70,000 - $100,000, February 27 at Christies.

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Elton John Passport: We don't recommend pulling pranks at customs, but if we did, we would say come prepared with Elton John's 1972 UK passport, which features a sunglass-clad snapshot, stamps from Jamaica and New Zealand, and lists his profession as "musician." Now at $1,931 as of February 21 at RRAuction.

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Paul Picot 18 Karat Regulator Watch: Rare watch collectors will appreciate this 18-karat Paul Picot watch, which features an engraved silvered regulation dial, black outer minute divisions and gilt-faceted batons with a solid gold buckle. Estimated $3,100 to $4,700, February 26 at Bonhams.

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Michael Jackson Thriller Invite:
Even if you weren't invited to Michael Jackson's 1984 album release party for "Thriller" held at the Museum of Natural History, you will still get major bragging rights for having one of the original invites—a single printed white glove—in your home. Now at $363 as of February 21 at RRAuction.

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1989 Porsche 911 Speedster: Painted a hot red hue and trimmed in black leather, this 1989 Porsche Speedster shows just 32,432 miles—meaning there's plenty of room left for you to race off into the sunset. Estimated $60,000 to $80,000, February 23 at Bonhams.

Photo: Bonhams/Bonhams

Tupac on a Roller Coaster: Maybe Tupac really will materialize one day having spent the last two and a half decades hanging out in Bali, but until then, we will cherish this Six Flags Magic Mountain portrait of the legendary rapper screaming on the "Viper" roller coaster. Now at $1,129 as of February 21 at RRAuction.

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Victorian Silver Centerpiece: Elegant and maybe just a tad spooky, this heavy silver Victorian centerpiece depicts a fox with two cubs playing at the foot of a twisted oak tree. Estimated $1,200 to $1,900, February 20 at Bonhams.

Photo: Bonhams/Bonhams

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