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New Johnny Cash museum opens in Tennessee

 Johnny Cash Signed Middle Finger Display with Used Guitar Pick, Millionaire Gallery


Johnny Cash Signed Middle Finger Display with Used Guitar Pick, Millionaire Gallery

Johnny Cash fans can get an up-close-and-personal look at the artists private farmhouse residence in Bon Aqua, Tennessee.

The Story Tellers Museum is in a general store that the great Red Wortham converted into a recording studio, and that Johnny Cash used as a place for local concerts. Visitors can see the historic “Little Stage” where the “Saturday Night in Hickman County” guitar pulls once took place. Johnny’s daughter, Cindy Cash, helped curators create the experience.

Inside the museum are handwritten letters and song lyrics (including the words to “Saturday Night in Hickman County,” inspired by Cash’s time in Bon Aqua), Cash memorabilia, a leaf from a rare Gutenberg Bible, which was printed in the 1450s, and the “One Piece at a Time” car, inspired by the story-song Cash recorded 40 years ago.

The Cash Hideaway Farm at Bon Aqua belonged to Johnny Cash for over thirty years. Visitors can see the place he called “the center of my universe.”

See more Johnny Cash memorabilia at www.millionairegallery.com.

 
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Posted by on July 15, 2016 in News

 

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Marilyn Monroe in long-lost Milton H. Greene footage

Marilyn Monroe White Fur Sitting Original by Milton H Green. Millionaire Gallery.

Marilyn Monroe White Fur Sitting Original by Milton H Green. Available at www.millionairegallery.com.

Marilyn Monroe fans can now see long-lost footage of the Hollywood icon shot by photographer Milton H. Greene.

According to Vanity Fair,  “beginning July 16, the Morrison Hotel Gallery at the Sunset Marquis Hotel will display some of Greene’s never-before-seen photos from these sessions in its “Some Like It Hot” exhibit. The presentation will also feature 16-mm-film footage (previewed above), showing Monroe in rare and relaxed form—mostly out of the spotlight. Among the moments Greene captured: a cheerful Monroe kissing her third husband, Arthur Miller, and greeting guests at the couple’s 1956 wedding reception; Monroe performing a musical number in the 1956 romantic comedyBus Stop; and the beauty preening between the sheets for an intimate photo shoot.”

Greene is best known for capturing some of the greatest stars of the 1950s and 1960s in his enduring portraits, including Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor, Cary Grant, Sophia Loren, Audrey Hepburn, and Paul Newman but is most famous for his images of Monroe.

The exhibit will run through July 24.

Check out Millionaire Gallery’s extensive collection of Marilyn Monroe memorabilia at www.millionairegallery.com.

 
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Posted by on July 14, 2016 in News

 

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Prince’s Yellow Cloud Guitar Sold

Prince’s “Yellow Cloud” guitar, used by the late icon throughout the 1990s, sold at auction Saturday for $137,500, according to Rolling Stone.

Prince's distinctive "Yellow Cloud" guitar, used by the late icon throughout the Nineties, sold at auction Saturday for $137,500. Tommaso Boddi/AFP

Prince’s distinctive “Yellow Cloud” guitar, used by the late icon throughout the 1990s,  sold at auction for $137,500. Tommaso Boddi/AFP

“The bright-yellow, custom-built guitar – made by Minneapolis’ Knut-Koupee Enterprises and outfitted with gold knobs, tremolo and tuning keys – was purchased by Indianapolis Colts owner and avid music memorabilia collector Jim Irsay at a Heritage Auctions event where a lock of David Bowie’s hair also sold for $18,750” the article read. The starting price was $30,000.

The football team owner and music collector has a collection of instruments owned by rockers from Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead to John Lennon and Ringo Starr of The Beatles.

Related: PRINCE: SAYING GOODBYE TO A LEGEND

The Yellow Cloud guitar was Prince’s main guitar and used in most of his early videos, touring performances and album recordings. From the late 1980s until the mid-90s. It features Prince’s distinctive personal symbol on the top and the side of the fingerboard.

See Millionaire Gallery’s Music Memorabilia Collection online at MillionaireGallery.com.

 
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Posted by on July 11, 2016 in News

 

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Muhammad Ali, boxing legend, dies at 74

“I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.”

Muhammad Ali Training Under Water Autographed Framed Display, Millionaire Gallery

Muhammad Ali Training Under Water Autographed Framed Display, Millionaire Gallery

Boxing great Muhammad Ali has died.

One of the most well-known and celebrated athletes in the 20th century, the three-time world heavyweight boxing champion was surrounded by his family during his final hours at a hospital in Scottsdale, AZ.

“The King of Trash Talk” was indomitable in the ring but took on techniques like bantering with his opponents outside of the ring with other boxing champions like Sonny Liston, Joe Frazier and George Foreman.

Muhammad Ali vs Joe Frazier Thrilla in Manila Signed Display, Millionaire Gallery

Muhammad Ali vs Joe Frazier Thrilla in Manila Signed Display, Millionaire Gallery

During his second fight with Litson, Ali landed what would be infamously dubbed “the perfect punch,” knocking Liston out in the first round. In the entirety of his career, Ali was defeated just 5 times having won an incredible 56 fights.

Muhammad Ali Collection - 3 Framed Panel Display, Millionaire Gallery

Muhammad Ali Collection – 3 Framed Panel Display, Millionaire Gallery

But boxing was just one of the many sides of Ali. Born Cassius Clay, he changed his name after joining the Nation of Islam in 1964. He also made headlines for political reasons, after refusing to fight in the Vietnam war, causing him to be exiled from boxing for three years. After his conviction was overturned in 1971, he went on to take back the World Heavyweight Champion title in 1974 and receive the Medal of Freedom in 2005.

Muhammad Ali aka Cassius Clay 1996 Olympic Torch Signed Display

Muhammad Ali aka Cassius Clay 1996 Olympic Torch Signed Display

Dedicated to his faith and humanitarian beliefs, Ali later also became an advocate for Parkinson’s awareness after being diagnosed with the disease in 1984. It was a battle he never stopped fighting.

RIP Muhammad Ali aka Cassius Clay, 1942-2016

 

 

 
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Posted by on June 6, 2016 in News

 

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ROCK LIVES ON™ now Open in London

Rock Lives On at Millionaire Gallery, Key West, FL

Rock Lives On at Millionaire Gallery, Key West, FL

It has been said that Rock ‘N Roll is dead.

Not true at all, ROCK LIVES ON™ in London. Presented by Millionaire Gallery, RLO combines authentic signed guitars, Rock and Roll fine art, and rare music memorabilia with superior craftsmanship to offer unique and exclusive music wall decor. The ROCK LIVES ON™ Gallery in Key West, Florida in only one years time has already become the premier destination for avid collectors and music lovers alike. Our collection of authentic autographed music memorabilia is one of the rarest in the world and presents an exciting experience for all.

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We offer Authenticated Autographed Memorabilia, Unique Music Collectibles, Fine Art, and Original Rock and Roll Photography, all archivally framed to museum specifications to be enjoyed for a lifetime. 

Rock Lives On, Millionaire Gallery, Key West, FL

Rock Lives On, Millionaire Gallery, Key West, FL

 

The owners of the ROCK LIVES ON™ Gallery have been a staple in the world of entertainment and music collectibles for over 30 years. Millionaire Gallery operates galleries in five countries on three continents and is proud to bring their exclusive Rock ‘n Roll collection to their newest location within Harrods, London. 

Rock On and Enjoy …

 
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Posted by on May 31, 2016 in News

 

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‘Miracle on Ice’ gold medal up for auction

Miracle on Ice 20 x 28" official Sports Illustrated cover shot hand signed by 18 members of the historic winning 1980 USA Men's Hockey Team including goalie Jim Craig and team captain Mike Eruzione.

Miracle on Ice 20 x 28″ official Sports Illustrated cover shot hand signed by 18 members of the historic winning 1980 USA Men’s Hockey Team including goalie Jim Craig and team captain Mike Eruzione.

17 items from one of the greatest upsets in sports history are up for auction, including USA goalie Jim Craig’s gold medal, won in the 1980 Olympic games.

Known as “The Miracle on Ice,” the USA skated to victory over the Soviet Union national team which had one six of the seven previous Olympic games.

Among the items for sale include Craig’s mask, stick, jersey and the flag he held while skating around after the victory, now known as one of the top sports moments of the 20th century.

The story was later re-told in the 2004 Walt Disney film “Miracle” starring Kurt Russell.

The gold medal has a current bid of $133,000. The jersey and flag also have bids of more than $100,000.

Purchase the 1980 Miracle On Ice Team USA Signed SI Cover Photo with Tickets at MillionaireGallery.com.

 
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Posted by on May 19, 2016 in News

 

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Prince: saying goodbye to a legend

Prince original display custom designed by Millionaire Gallery

Prince original display custom designed by Millionaire Gallery

On Thursday, April 21, the world lost a legend when Prince Rogers Nelson was found dead in his Paisley Park Minnesota compound. 

And despite the weight of the word, “legend” hardly seems to do him justice. Unlike so many “talents” today, Prince was more than just a performer. He was a songwriter, a producer, a singer, and a one-man studio band.

But he was also so much more than a musician. He was a humanitarian. He was an advocate for race, sex, and gender equality. He was a lover, a rebel, and a trailblazer.

He will be forever missed.

Prince original LP album autographed in 1988, Millionaire Gallery

Prince original LP album autographed in 1988, Millionaire Gallery

See more music memorabilia in Millionaire Gallery’s Rock Lives On collection.

 
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Posted by on April 23, 2016 in News

 

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Millionaire Gallery opens third Key West location

KEY WEST, FL –
Millionaire Gallery has opened its third gallery in Key West, FL.
On April 16, 2016 Millionaire Gallery Fine Art opened its doors on the island’s famous Duval Street, just across the street from Wyland Gallery.
Millionaire Gallery opened its third Key West location in April 2016

Millionaire Gallery opened its third Key West location in April 2016

Millionaire Gallery currently has eight locations worldwide including Harvey Nichols in Dubai, Harrods in London as well as Gstaad, Prague and opening across Spain this winter.

Millionaire Gallery Fine Art will showcase the works of best-selling artists including:

Cinematic artist Gabe Leonard’s work on display at Millionaire Gallery in Key West, FL

Cinematic artist Gabe Leonard’s work on display at Millionaire Gallery in Key West, FL

Gabe Leonard

Cinematic artist Gabe Leonard’s rich and narrative works along with his trademark runs and dips have earned him sell-out shows and acquisitions by high-profile collectors such as Quentin Tarantino, Ruben Fleischer and Charlie Sheen.

Adam Scott Rote

Award-winning American realist painter Adam Scott Rote is a self-taught artist influenced by architecture, fashion and classic cinema. His work brings the past to life, shown in his famous “Drive-IN Daze” paintings to his “Hollywood Legends” and “Playboy Tribute” series.

Millionaire Gallery has opened its third fine art gallery in Key West, FL

Millionaire Gallery has opened its third fine art gallery in Key West, FL

Scott Jacobs

The first officially licensed Harley-Davidson artist, Scott Jacobs’ photo-realist paintings cover a vast range of subjects from wine and spirits to classic cars and of course, motorcycles. His work can be found in galleries and museums in more than 60 counties.

Scotty Ziegler

From paintings and sculpture to jewelry and design work, Scotty Ziegler’s artistry may run the gamut but the thing that consistently remains is his dedication to blending form and function with whimsy.

Work by artist Doug Bloodworth at Millionaire Gallery in Key West, FL

Work by artist Doug Bloodworth at Millionaire Gallery in Key West, FL

Doug Bloodworth

Dubbed “one of the premier photo-realists of our generation” by New York Observer, Doug Bloodworth evokes feelings of nostalgia with his paintings including comics and games or even comfort foods from childhoods that span generations.

The two floor 3000 square foot layout features fine art limited edition Giclée’s, a 1950’s Harley Davidson, sculpture, and glass on the first floor with a VIP floor on the second featuring originals with price tags upwards of $150,000.

About Millionaire Gallery

For more than 30 years, Millionaire Gallery has been the leader in supplying the memorabilia industry with the best sports, entertainment, and historical collectibles in the world. From our elegant and creative presentations to our handcrafted framework, and finally to our unique and distinct collection of photography and fine art, Millionaire Gallery has helped to create an industry that fans, historians, and collectors admire and recognize.

Millionaire Gallery Fine Art | 608 Duval Street | 305-780-7233 | www.millionairegallery.com

 
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Posted by on April 16, 2016 in News

 

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My Time With the King of Comedy

By Adam Scott Rote via Conch Color      June 12, 2014
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I met with Jerry Lewis recently for a co-signing on a painting of 1963’s “The Nutty Professor,” something I’ve waited years to happen. Lewis was described as difficult to deal with, so I came prepared but found nothing of the sort.

He was happy about the pieces I painted but when I revealed the “Marilyn Monroe Gold Lame,” the animated Lewis I grew up watching unfolded before my eyes. “Magnificent! Bravo! The way you honored Travilla,” he exclaimed. I had found a photo of Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin, Marilyn in between them in that historic gold dress. I’ve never seen this, I have it? Jerry called his wife into the room, telling her over and over, “You’ve got to see this painting.” At that moment I chose to tell Golden Hollywood’s reigning “king of comedy” that his movie “Artist’s and Models” made me the artist I am today.

I went on to say that in that movie there was a scene with Dorothy Malone (the artist) in her studio working on a sketch of Shirley MacLaine as Bat Lady and placed around the room were the most incredible paintings of women I had ever seen. Those paintings that captivated a 7-year- old boy were by none other then the legendary pin-up king Alberto Vargas. I went on to add that, “I’m sure you have been told how much your movies are loved by your fans,” but I wanted to thank him personally for the ingenious use of Hollywood talent like Edith Head for costume design, phenomenal character actors Del Moore and Kathleen Freemen, art director Hal Pereira and music legend Walter Scharf.

For me, these individuals helped shape and create Jerry’s future movies into an audio and visual masterpiece that today still stands the test of time. His next words still ring in my ears: “Thanks, you really do understand what I did.” And that, ladies and gentleman, was my time with the king of comedy, I never knew reuniting these two legends (Marilyn and Jerry) would be so rewarding. Below is an excerpt of that magical night in 1952 where Monroe and Lewis made history.

Tributes to her stardom were totally eclipsed by the an award given to Marilyn by Photoplay magazine in February 1953 in the Crystal Room at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Reporter and friend Sidney Skolsky was her date for the night, Joe DiMaggio didn’t attend because he hated all the attention.

Photoplay dubbed Marilyn the “Fastest Rising Star of 1952” and presented her with a plaque during an awards ceremony. For the occasion, Marilyn wore one of the dresses designed by Billy Travilla for “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.” The form-fitting gold lamé gown was so tight that Marilyn had to be sewn into it. As she walked from the podium after receiving her award, the audience hooted and screamed at the sight of her voluptuous body swaying across the stage.

Some accounts of the evening’s events report that comedian Jerry Lewis, the master of ceremony, leaped up on his table and whistled wildly.

Surprisingly, the press seemed more aghast at Marilyn’s presumptuousness for wearing such a costume than they were at the audience’s uncivilized behavior.

Time magazine called for Hollywood to “go easier on the sex angle” after reporting on the affair, while former glamor queen Joan Crawford lambasted Marilyn in Bob Thomas’s syndicated column. Crawford told Thomas that the sight of Marilyn caused “those of us in the industry” to shudder (as though Marilyn was somehow not in the industry) and went on to say, “She should be told that the public likes provocative female personalities; but it also likes to know that underneath it all, the actresses are ladies.”

Marilyn was tremendously hurt by Crawford’s haughty comments and used her ally in the press, Louella Parsons, to fight back. Parsons quoted Marilyn as saying: “. . . Why should [Crawford] select me to blast? She is a great star. I’m just starting. And then, when the first hurt began to die down, I told myself she must have spoken to Mr. Thomas impulsively, without thinking … “

 
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Posted by on June 13, 2014 in News

 

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Tiger Woods Loses Million-Dollar Autograph Lawsuit

By      March 16, 2014

Tiger Woods

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After more than 45 minutes of testimony from Tiger Woods on Monday following his dismal final round at the WGC-Cadillac Championship, a Miami-Dade jury found ETW, Woods’ company, liable “for deceptive and unfair trade practices” and awarded $668,000 (about $1.3 million with interest) to golf memorabilia retailer Bruce Matthews of Gotta Have It Golf, according to Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald.

“This has been a long time coming,” said Eric Isicoff, one of Matthews’ attorneys. “The behavior of ETW Corporation has been reprehensible and we are very pleased with the jury’s verdict.”

ETW is expected to appeal.

Woods received a trial subpoena to testify in Miami-Dade Circuit Court the night before the start of the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral.

Bruce Matthews, President of South Miami-based Gotta Have It Golf, a golf memorabilia retailer, sued Woods’ Corporation, ETW, for $1.75 million (and another $1 million in attorney’s fees, a matter which remains pending before the court) claiming that Woods breached a 2001 agreement by failing to provide them with a certain number of autographs and photographs.

This isn’t the first time Gotta Have It Golf and ETW have locked horns. In 1997,  Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Woods (through Golden Bear Golf, Inc., AP Enterprises and ETW Corp.) collectively brought suit against Matthews and Gotta Have It Golf to stop the unauthorized sale of their images and signatures. Gotta Have It Golf countersued, adding IMG as a defendant, and the judge’s decision set an antitrust law precedent that a “sports and celebrity representation firm acting as professional golfers’ agent could not conspire with its principal where agent’s interests are aligned with those of the principal.”

 
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Posted by on March 16, 2014 in News

 

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