Auctions: A Cadillac fit for the King

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ELVIS'S black Cadillac is among the better bits of gear owned by, signed by, awarded to or spat upon by members of the rock, pop and showbiz industry that are on offer at this week's annual pop memorabilia auctions at Phillips West Two, Sotheby's, Christie's South Kensington and Bonhams.

The black 1971 Cadillac Sedan at Phillips, complete with tinted windows and 'Elvis 1' plates, was given by Elvis to his post- Priscilla girlfriend, Linda Thompson. The estimate on Tuesday (12 noon) is pounds 40,000- pounds 50,000.

In the same sale are: a wash basin and toilet brush from John Lennon's house at Tittenhurst, est pounds 150- pounds 250; and an acetate master disc, given by Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones to a fellow tenant of the famous Edith Grove flat in the early Sixties in repayment of a debt of less than pounds 5, is estimated pounds 4,000- pounds 5,000.

Sotheby's pop memorabilia sale offers the handwritten lyrics of some of the Beatles' best-loved songs. The sheets of notepaper were in boxes of documents owned by Mal Evans, the former Beatles road manager who was killed in a shooting incident in Los Angeles in 1976. They are being sold by Evans's family. John Lennon's handwritten 'Day in the Life' from Sergeant Pepper and Paul McCartney's 'She's Leaving Home' are each expected to fetch pounds 15,000- pounds 20,000. The proceeds of the McCartney manuscript will be given to the children's kidney fund at Liverpool's Alder Hey Hospital.

Home movies, taken by Evans of the Beatles on holiday with their families in the Greek islands and with the Maharishi in India, are expected to fetch more than pounds 25,000 each.

More pop memorabilia is on sale at Christie's South Kensington Wednesday 10.30am.

At Bonhams Wednesday (11am), the sale includes rock and pop memorabilia, science- fiction costumes, juke boxes, archaic games and film posters.


A sale of automobilia, aeronautica, motorcycles and motoring ephemera is at Phillips West Two on Wednesday (12 noon).

Doulton ware, Poole pottery and - for the first time - Carlton ware at Christie's South Kensington, Thursday 10.30am, 1pm and 3pm.

Bath: Furniture and about 35 clocks, long case and mantel, Monday (11am). Phillips, 1 Old King Street (0225 310609).

Westcliff-on-Sea: A day out with antiques, bric-a-brac and liquidated goods to bid for, Thursday (2.30pm). Chaple & Chaple, 453 London Road (0702 343734).

Honiton: Silver and jewellery Monday (2pm), and on Friday furniture and artworks (11am) and ceramics, glass and objets (2pm). Bonhams, Dowell Street (0404 41872).

Hawkshurst: Lost and recovered videos, bikes, computers etc, sent for auction by the Kent police, together with ceramics, glassware, pictures, prints, Wednesday (10am). Auction Centres, High Gate (0580 754545). Grantham: Furniture and equipment from a sports and social club, Wednesday (10am). Marilyn Swain, Westgate Hall, Westgate (0476 68861).

Stratford, east London: Sale by one of the biggest auctioneers of liquidated stock, which includes furniture, household goods, vehicles and machinery, Wednesday (10.30am). Palmers East End, New Octagon House, 17 Gibbins Road (081- 555 0476).

Leeds: Militaria, medals, scientific instruments. Purdy 12-bore shotgun pounds 5,000- pounds 7,000, Wednesday (11am). Phillips, Hepper House, 17a East Parade (0532 448011).

Manchester: Catering, banqueting and restaurant equipment, Tuesday (10.30am). Auction International, 51a Broughton Lane, Strangeways (061-832 2400).

Newark: Auto-jumble, cars and bikes tomorrow (2pm) at the Newark and Nottinghamshire Showground. RTS Auctions (0603 505718).

Aston Down: More than 500 ex-Ministry of Defence vehicles on-site at MoD: everything from Land Rovers to motorbikes, Tuesday (10am). ADT Auctions (061-223 9179).

Tottenham, north London: Interesting range of modern goods - household, commercial, office, catering and garage equipment, Monday (6.30pm). Belmont Auctions, 152 High Road, Tottenham (081-880 1562).

Countrywide sales from 'Antiques Trade Gazette' (071- 930 4957), 'Government Auction News' (071-734 8291/4), 'Sale Room and Auction Monthly' (081-336 0393).

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