'Iconic' auction hawks Sinatra, Monroe items

Sept. 24 event includes 26 speeches by Martin Luther King

NEW YORK -- A test recording and a hat worn by Michael Jackson, an Elizabeth Taylor dress and a cigarette case that belonged to Clarke Gable -- those are some of the items that Guernsey's Auction House will auction off here on Sept. 24.

Dubbed an "Iconic Objects Auction," "each of the lots in this unique sale will contain a significant item -- or collection of items -- that relate to a person or event that impacted our nation's culture or history," the company said Monday.

Among the other items are the only known recordings of 26 speeches by Martin Luther King, formerly top secret plans for the D-Day invasion and the Maltese Falcon statuette from the movie of the same name. Also included are personal and professional items from Barbara Streisand (test recording), James Dean ("East of Eden" watch), John F. Kennedy, Albert Einstein, Frank Sinatra, Charlie Parker, Mickey Mantle, Elvis Presley (jewelry), Marilyn Monroe (historic original photographs), Babe Ruth, John Lennon, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor and the Boston Red Sox, among others.