1975 Karen Carpenter "Yellow Submarine" Jacket

Value (2017) | $2,000 Auction$3,000 Auction
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GUEST:
I bought it in an online auction, and it belonged to Karen Carpenter. And she wore it in a concert, which I have a photo of here. I would say probably judging based on her hair style, it probably puts it maybe about 1975 or so.

APPRAISER:
Did you actually get the photograph with the jacket, or did it...?

GUEST:
I did not. There was a fan who recognized the jacket. She was going through old photos and said, "Wow, I happened to be at that show where she wore the jacket." And so I got it through a fan.

APPRAISER:
Right down on the left pocket we have the person who created the jacket.

GUEST:
Oh.

APPRAISER:
Or I should say, the artist who used felt pens. The artist Sukey dated it 1975. And we know Karen was just one of the best singers of the period.

GUEST:
She was, yeah.

APPRAISER:
Such a smooth, wonderful voice.

GUEST:
Yeah.

APPRAISER:
Very personable person.

GUEST:
Yeah.

APPRAISER:
There are all types of characters like the Blue Meanie right here on the collar. And if we turn it, we see the Beatles and the Yellow Submarine.

GUEST:
Uh-huh.

APPRAISER:
Now if we lift up the back panel, we see "Just for Karen."

GUEST:
Oh, neat.

APPRAISER:
The garment was purchased from a boutique in Hollywood called The Pleasure Dome.

GUEST:
Okay.

APPRAISER:
And they created custom things, one-of-a-kind things for customers, or had artists who did. It has the label in the back collar. The jacket is made of a heavy cotton, kind of canvas-type. Have you had it appraised, or...?

GUEST:
I have not. All I know is the seller that I bought it from on the online auction allegedly was an assistant to Richard, and she got the jacket from him and then sold it online.

APPRAISER:
What did you pay for it when purchased it?

GUEST:
I paid about $300.

APPRAISER:
About $300?

GUEST:
Yeah.

APPRAISER:
At auction, I believe this jacket would be between $2,000 and $3,000 on today's market.

GUEST:
Wow. Wow.

APPRAISER:
So, that was a great...

GUEST:
Yeah.

APPRAISER:
Great online purchase that you did.

GUEST:
Excellent. Oh, wow. But thank you so much.

Appraisal Details

Appraiser
The Cat's Meow
Midland, TX
Appraised value (2017)
$2,000 Auction$3,000 Auction
Event
Harrisburg, PA (June 03, 2017)
Period
1970s

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