Some of Elton John’s extravagant costumes from his rock ‘n’ roll heyday — and a unique gift from John Lennon and Yoko Ono — are hitting the auction block, and expected to fetch over $100k.
Sir Elton’s custom-made gold jumpsuit from his “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” tour in 1973 is among the showy items up for bid. That alone is expected to go for around $30k. It comes with a sown-in label reading, “Elton John — 5-22-73.”
Another costume expected to get bids in the $20-30k range is the Rocket Man’s “Jockey” outfit from a 1980 U.S. tour. It’s a Bob Mackie original that was previously displayed at the Venice Biennale and Barney’s New York — so, y’know it’s valuable.
There’s also a signed photo from Elton to boxing legend Evander Holyfield with handwritten lyrics to “Madman Across the Water.”
That all pales in comparison to the standout attraction of GottaHaveRockandRoll.com’s Elton auction — namely a handmade collage that John Lennon and Yoko Ono gifted him for his birthday in 1975.
It’s a strange sight to behold — magazine and newspaper clippings pasted around provocative images and apparent inside jokes, with a headline reading “Who was Mother Goose?” The second piece of the collage includes an Elton John Tour guest pass and a handwritten “happy birthday” note.
It comes with a letter of authenticity from Elton himself, confirming he received it from the iconic couple on his bday, March 25, 1975.
The auction house estimates the collage to haul in $40-60k. All the items are up for bid online beginning July 17.
Until then, to get your Elton fix … the new biopic starring Taron Egerton as Elton hit theaters this weekend, and it’s expected to make some decent coin too. It’s also way easier on your wallet.