In celebration of Bernie Taupin’s 50th anniversary of writing with Sir Elton John, Julien’s Auctions will be holding an auction of Taupin’s personal belongings on November 9, 2018. The event will be hosted at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York and online at juliensauctions.com.
Taupin collaborated with Sir Elton John on a variety of hit songs including “Rocket Man,” “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” “Your Song,” “Daniel,” and many others. The team earned more than 30 gold and platinum albums together and 40 top 10 hit records.
“Bernie Taupin is one of the seminal songwriters of all time whose illustrious collaboration with Sir Elton John created some of pop music’s greatest treasures,” said Darren Julien, President/Chief Executive Officer of Julien’s Auctions. “Julien’s Auctions is honored to present this extraordinary auction event celebrating the creative genius of Bernie Taupin and his legacy as one of the most revered lyricists in music history.”
Items to be auctioned off at the event include Taupin’s original, annotated lyrics to “Candle in the Wind 1997, “I’m Still Standing,” and “We Built this City,” to name a few. Taupin’s gold and platinum record awards for Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy, Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only the Piano Player, Tumbleweed Connection, and many more will also be featured at the auction, as well as a variety of his handwritten lyrics with hand-drawn artwork.
In addition to the lyric sheets and awards, a variety of Taupin’s personal items will be auctioned off, including an autographed and personalized poster of Leonard Nimoy as Dr. Spock, artwork by Leroy Neiman and Dave McGary, an original program for the official 1997 funeral of Princess Diana, his vintage National steel guitar, clothing, signed prints, jewelry, memorabilia, Western ephemera and more. Taupin’s leather chair in which he has written songs for over 25 years will also be featured.