Billboard Bits: Jerry Garcia, Paulina Rubio, CPR
News on Jerry Garcia, Paulina Rubio, CPRTwo guitars belonging to Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia were sold at auction yesterday (May 8) in New York for about $1.74 million, the president of Guernsey's auction house said. The auction, held at Studio 54, was put together by Guernsey's, and featured an assortment of items from the band and from Garcia, who died in 1995. The highlights were "Tiger" and "Wolf," the custom-made guitars that were among the few instruments Garcia used during his career.
Guernsey's president Arlan Ettinger said an anonymous buyer made the highest bid of $850,000 on Tiger. With buyer's commission, the total price came to $957,500. Another anonymous buyer made the winning bid of $700,000 for Wolf, Ettinger said, with buyer's commission bringing the total price to $789,500. The commission is 17.5 percent for the first $100,000, plus 12 percent of the bid amount above $100,000, Ettinger said.
Other items in the auction included Garcia's paintings, his motorcycle, rare posters, and photographs. The guitars remain at the center of a dispute between Garcia's estate and instrument maker Doug Irwin; the next hearing in the case is scheduled for Tuesday.
Mexican singer Paulina Rubio has topped People en Espanol's list of the "25 Most Beautiful" Latin entertainers. The Spanish-language offshoot of People magazine announced that next week's cover will feature the singer, whose Universal Latino album "Paulina" reached No. 1 on Billboard's Top Latin Albums chart.
"Paulina is not only beautiful and sexy, but she has that star quality that will certainly put her on the map. She is destined to be the next breakout performer," said People en Espanol managing editor Angelo Figueroa in a statement.
The 30-year-old pop star and former Mexican television actress is set to release her first English-language album, "Border Girl," June 18. First single "Don't Say Goodbye" is at No. 67 in its third week on Billboard's Hot 100.
Others named to the fifth annual People en Espanol list include Grammy-winning Spanish singer Enrique Iglesias, "NYPD Blue" actor Esai Morales, "Rush Hour 2" co-star Roselyn Sanchez, "The Other Half" co-host Mario Lopez, and "The Sopranos" co-star Jamie-Lynn Sigler.
Rock trio CPR and singer/songwriter Joe Henry will perform at a June 1 concert to benefit Pasadena, Calif., elementary school. The June 1 show on the Pasadena City College Campus is dubbed "Harmony - The Concert to Benefit the Walden School's Commitment to Diversity."
Two CPR members -- David Crosby (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young) and his son James Raymond -- are related to a Walden student, Raymond's daughter Grace. Founded in 1970, the Walden School is a non-profit institution "dedicated to fostering intellectual, social and personal growth for each child, and nurturing their natural wonder and personal dignity." For more information on the school, visit its official Web site
General admission tickets to the "Harmony" concert are $40 and available via Ticketmaster. A limited number of premier package tickets, which include preferred concert seating and a party with the performers following the show, are available via the Guacamole Fund at 800-728-6223.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
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