BALTIMORE – Saturday, May 4, over 2,200 comic book specialty shops across North America and around the world will give away over 5.2 million comic books free of charge on Free Comic Book Day (FCBD). The annual event is one of the most anticipated comic book celebrations of the year, as retailers prepare to welcome curious, first-time comic book readers and seasoned comic book fans into their stores for free comics and exciting events.
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The former wife of Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash is selling off exotic and erotic items from their 14 years of marriage.
NEW YORK (AP) – The New York Public Library has opened an archive dedicated to pioneering alternative rock musician Lou Reed. Read more
DENVER, Pa. – An imposing lithographed-tin visitor from the future, a Masudaya “Machine Man” robot claimed the top slot in Morphy Auctions’ March 13-14 toy auction, selling for $86,100. Big and boxy and standing 15 inches tall, the late 1950s/early 1960s Japanese production is one of few known examples of its type from the so-called “Gang of Five” robot series.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) – An exhibit of astronaut Neil Armstrong’s personal papers is opening at Purdue University ahead of the 50th anniversary of his famed walk on the moon. Read more
DALLAS – Bob Dylan’s personally owned 1965 Fender Electric XII 12-string electric guitar, which he played during sessions for his seventh LP album Blonde on Blonde, may rewrite music history when it crosses the auction block this Saturday, March 16, at Heritage Auctions.
NEW YORK – The first major exhibition in an art museum dedicated entirely to the iconic instruments of rock ’n’ roll will go on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art beginning April 8. Through more than 130 instruments dating from 1939 to 2017—played by artists such as Chuck Berry, Eric Clapton, Sheryl Crow, Bob Dylan, Don Felder, Kim Gordon, Jimi Hendrix, James Hetfield, Wanda Jackson, Joan Jett, Lady Gaga, Steve Miller, Joni Mitchell, Jimmy Page, Kate Pierson, Elvis Presley, Prince, Keith Richards, Patti Smith, Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr, Eddie Van Halen, St. Vincent, Tina Weymouth and Nancy Wilson – “Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll” will explore one of the most influential artistic movements of the 20th century and the objects that made the music possible.
BOSTON (AP) – Letters written behind bars by notorious Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger have sold for as much as $1,430 each at an auction in West Palm Beach, Florida.
DALLAS – The sports memorabilia hobby’s most anticipated evening lived up to its hype on Feb. 23-24 as Heritage Auctions averaged well over $10,000 per item in its 864-lot Platinum Night auction, including a dozen six-figure results. Rare baseball cards and “The Lou Gehrig Collection” dominated the top-dollar finishers.