HPB Presents: Featured Collectibles Auction

Welcome to our second Featured Collectibles Auction! We were thrilled to receive a great response to our first auction, so this time, we wanted to share with you three very special collectibles that are available. Read on for item details as well as information on the bidding process!

Item #1: Casino Royale Records

A pop soundtrack and related rarities—
We recently acquired books, ephemera and demo records from the library of Charles K. Feldman, famed Hollywood agent (Greta Garbo, John Wayne, Marilyn Monroe and many others), and producer of A Streetcar Named Desire and many other movies, including Casino Royale. The movie soundtrack LP was long sought by audiophile collectors because its master was recorded very “hot.” It has become easier to find, but remains on many want-lists. In addition to the soundtrack, we offer two records from Feldman’s holdings: a demo disc of the movie’s title song, made for Feldman’s production company, and a promo disc of reviews sent to radio stations.

Title: Casino Royale Soundtrack, plus demo & promo records
Label: Colgems COSO-5005, 1967
Condition: All records VG+ to NM
Minimum Bid: $75
EMAIL YOUR BID TO atbg@halfpricebooks.com
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It Came Across the Buy Counter: Allen Ginsberg + Timothy Leary

So, how in the world did the Bryan, Texas HPB snag Allen Ginsberg for a book-signing appearance? I don’t know how it happened, but: in May, 1984, it did happen. And around that same time, Ginsberg cohort Timothy Leary was in the area for a speaking appearance. And both of these guys signed stuff. And somebody brought it to us to sell, 27 years later, at our Flagship store in Dallas.


Signed flyers, one from Ginsberg’s HPB event and the other from Leary’s speaking engagement, were accompanied by an album, LSD, inscribed by both of them. Ginsberg wrote, “This record is a hype: by a Mr. Livingston head of Capitol late 1960’s.” Leary wrote, “I agree.” Leary also signed the front of the album cover. That’s three Timothy Learys and two Allen Ginsbergs!


When I found out these treasures had been brought to the main store, I remembered an anecdote about Allen Ginsberg from the Bryan HPB related by Dru Wilson, now working at the North Lamar store in Austin. I gave him a call, and he confirmed that Ginsberg had been at HPB on May 4, 1984. Dru was there, and got Ginsberg to sign some books. Dru said that Timothy Leary had spoken at Texas A&M around that same time. A little supportive documentation from one of our own!

The Flagship Store’s Collectibles Pricer Joe Madden will be selling the items as a one-of-a-kind set for $3,000. Please contact the store if you are interested in purchasing.

— Steve, The Buy Guy