For sale, Amy Winehouse’s dress. Yours for £25,000

By Jennifer Lipman, June 13, 2013
Marilyn Monroe photos

Marilyn Monroe photos

A rare poster advertising an evening with Harry Houdini, the programme from Bob Dylan’s first professional concert and a dress worn by Amy Winehouse are to go on display at Christie’s in London.

The South Kensington auction house is marking 120 years of popular culture with a five-day public exhibition and sale of valuable memorabilia.

Visitors will be able to see a collection of black and white photographs of Hollywood star Marilyn Monroe by Latvian-born Jewish photographer Philippe Halsman. The shots, taken in 1949, were part of a Life magazine photo feature and are expected to fetch £15,000.

A poster advertising a show by Houdini at the Argyle Theatre in Birkenhead in May 1905 is valued at up to £5,000. The performance by the escape artist — the son of a rabbi — was part of a successful European tour.

Rare Dylan song lyrics and the programme for his first concert at the Carnegie Chapter Hall in New York in 1961, are on show, as well as two outfits made by fashion designer Zandra Rhodes for 1970s glam rock star Marc Bolan.

Expected to sell for up to £8,000 is a rare handwritten manuscript, with revisions and modifications, for the score of the MGM musical Gigi, composed by Frederick Loewe. The son of an Austrian Jewish singer, Loewe, along with lyricist Alan Lerner, created a string of hit Broadway shows, including My Fair Lady and Brigadoon.

Taking the collection up to the present day is a gingham dress worn by Amy Winehouse in the video for her single Tears Dry on their Own. It is expected to sell for up to £25,000. The exhibition opens on June 22 — all 252 lots will be auctioned on June 26.

Last updated: 10:45pm, June 13 2013