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January 26, 1988

LONDON (AP) _ Rock star Elton John will sell part of his art and furniture collections in a multimillion-dollar auction this autumn.

Sotheby’s, the auction house, said Monday the collection is expected to bring around $5 million.

″The sale will include 19th and 20th century decorative art, paintings and items of memorabilia, part of an enormous collection Elton has accumulated over the past 20 years,″ Sotheby’s said.

Lord Gowrie, chairman of the auction house, said one reason for the sale was that the 40-year-old singer wants to move from his 10-bedroom mansion near Windsor to a more rural location in southern England.


NEW YORK (AP) - NBC’s ″Late Night with David Letterman″ will originate from London for four days in May, says host David Letterman.

Last summer, the show originated from Las Vegas, Nev., and the producers made tentative inquiries about going to Cuba, but that idea was scrapped.

Letterman said Monday that England came up because, ″We wanted to go to a country where the language was English.″

″The show has aired in some form or another in London for a little bit and we thought, well, maybe it would be fun to go over there to do the show,″ he said.

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DANVILLE, Calif. (AP) - New York Yankees manager Billy Martin and his bride, 31-year-old free-lance photographer Jill Uann Guiver, planned a honeymoon in Hawaii before setting up house in New York.

Martin, 59, married Guiver at a private country club on Monday. Former Yankee slugger Mickey Mantle, Martin’s one-time teammate, was the best man at the ceremony, attended by about 50 people.

It is the fourth marriage for Martin and the first for the bride, who is from Newport Beach. Friends said the two met when Guiver was taking pictures at a Yankee game in Anaheim eight or nine years ago.

After a reception attended by more than 200 people Monday night, they planned to honeymoon in Hawaii before moving to New York.


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Christopher Reeve, best known for his starring role in ″Superman,″ is taking to the stage in a move he says is risky.

He will co-star with Christine Lahti in Tennessee Williams’ ″Summer and Smoke,″ Feb. 19 through April 10 at the Ahmanson Theater. He says he made the decision on the spur of the moment after a production of ″Bus Stop″ was canceled because its star, Mark Harmon, had to have shoulder surgery.

Although Reeve has extensive stage experience, he’s candid about how difficult it can be compared with film.

″(In a movie), you could almost take take somebody off the street and put them in the right part and with careful support you can make them look terrific,″ he said. ″You really can’t put them on the stage and make them look terrific. It’s more dangerous to go out there and I’m attracted to those stakes.″

The Superman role also was risky, he said. ″A lot of people were saying ’You wouldn’t want to play Superman; you’d be in blue forever.‴


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Michael Jackson’s next concert tour isn’t until late next month but he already has fans braving bad weather for a chance to see him.

Bitter cold didn’t deter Jackson fans who started lining up Saturday for a chance to buy front row seats on Monday for the superstar’s kickoff concert.

Jackson will begin his first American solo tour in Kansas City with concerts on Feb. 23 and 24 at Kemper Arena.

People were lined up outside the ticket outlets early Monday morning despite 12-degree temperatures and a bitter wind.

First in line at Kemper Arena were Skip Shearer, 32, and Bill Jeffress, 34, both of Independence. ″We got here Friday at midnight,″ said Jeffress. ″We do this all the time.″

″We got used to sitting in the first five rows at concerts. Once you get used to that, you don’t want to sit in back,″ Shearer said.


EL PASO, Texas (AP) - The rock group Def Leppard canceled its Feb. 15 concert here after receiving death threats stemming from an ethnic slur made by the band’s lead singer five years ago, a publicist says.

Despite a good advance showing, the group suspended ticket sales for the show at the University of Texas-El Paso. About 4,000 of 8,500 tickets, each costing $15.50, had been sold before Friday’s cancellation, said promoter Barbara Welch.

″There’s been a few phone calls to the university by people saying they’d disrupt the event if things went as planned,″ Ms. Welch said, adding that the band has received death threats.

The anger stems from a comment lead singer Joe Elliott made at a Tucson, Ariz., concert on Sept. 7, 1983. Elliott told the crowd that the band had played the day before in El Paso, ″that place with all the greasy Mexicans.″

Elliott apologized and offered $10,000 for needy children. But the district director of the League of United Latin American Citizens spurned the money, which was accepted later by the Hispanic community of El Monte, Calif.

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