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Buddy Holly's Last Home Movie, Christmas Eve 1958
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $1,508.00
Never before seen Buddy Holly home movies from Christmas Eve, 1958. Buddy Holly was killed in a tragic plane cash on February 3, 1959. These home movie reels feature his last appearance on film just prior to his untimely death. This lot is, without question, a remarkable piece of history. The last known film of the great Buddy Holly is contained on one of these two 8mm., three minute, color reels. These films originate directly from the Holly Family, and were originally sold at Sotheby's New York (lot 386 in the Buddy Holly Estate Auction in 1990). The original Sotheby's lot tag accompanies, and was beautifully signed by Maria Elena Holly ("10") in 1990. Housed in their original yellow Kodak boxes, one film includes a smiling Buddy, who is seen for twelve seconds sitting next to his mother at home in Lubbock, Texas. His wife, Maria Elena, along with other family members, are seen throughout the reel. These segments have never been commercially seen, broadcast, or licensed by the Holly estate. Also seen is backstage footage featuring Buddy, the Crickets, the Everly Brothers, and Carl Perkins. Apparently, this backstage footage was licensed by the family for a Holly documentary as well as for Paul McCartney's Buddy Holly tribute, as it was used in both. Some of the handwriting on the boxes appears to be in the hand of Buddy Holly's mother. This footage represents a priceless record of a happy time in the Holly family that tragically ended soon thereafter. Obviously these films have potential commercial value as well as collector value, though no rights accompany. Commercial licensing of these images could be pursued by contacting CMG Worldwide, the company which manages The Buddy Holly Estate. The films are in Excellent condition, the original boxes bear some expected wear and tear, but are still very presentable. This is a rare opportunity to own a very unique piece of rock-and-roll history. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $1,508.00
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