Hundreds of pieces of iconic rock'n'roll artefacts from the biggest musical icons of our time are going under the hammer. Julien's Auctions, the world record-breaking auction house, has announced its highly anticipated Music Icons auction, taking place at the Hard Rock Cafe New York on 21 May 2016. Prior the auction there will be a public exhibition, running from 16-20 May.

Highlights include Kurt Cobain's Univox electric guitar – played, and later destroyed, by the Nirvana frontman, David Bowie's 1987 Glass Spider tour costume, Jimi Hendrix's guitar strap and a handmade embroidered dress worn by Janis Joplin during the 1968 Newport Folk Festival.

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(L-R) A handmade black babydoll dress worn by Janis Joplin during the 1968 Newport Folk Festival, David Bowie's 1987 Glass Spider tour costume designed by Diana Moseley and a painted Premiere drumhead used by Keith Moon in 1969 with The WhoAstrid Stawiarz/Getty
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Kurt Cobain's Univox electric guitar played and destroyed by Cobain at Nirvana's 13 July 1989 concert at Maxwell's in Hoboken, New JerseyAstrid Stawiarz/Getty
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Michael Jackson's dayglo painted-leather jacket designed by Dennis Tompkins and worn by Jackson during the 1992-1993 Dangerous tourAstrid Stawiarz/Getty

Other remarkable items include a handwritten letter from Kurt Cobain to David Geffen regarding the possibility of ending Nirvana due to the article written by Vanity Fair magazine, accusing both Cobain and wife Courtney Love of using drugs while the latter was pregnant with their daughter. The handwritten two-page letter reads in part: "I'm so extremely pissed off about this piece of trash journalism that I'll lay anything on the line for the love of my wife and daughter."

Other handwritten pieces are also up for auction, including Jimi Hendrix's lyrics for songs Room full of Mirrors and Shame Shame Shame and Michael Jackson's Bad.

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Kurt Cobain's handwritten letter to David GeffenAstrid Stawiarz/Getty
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Jimi Hendrix guitar strap used at the 1967 Monteray Pop FestivalAstrid Stawiarz/Getty
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A handmade black babydoll dress worn by Janis Joplin during the 1968 Newport Folk FestivalAstrid Stawiarz/Getty
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Detail of handmade bedded embroidery of the black babydoll dress worn by Janis Joplin during the 1968 Newport Folk FestivalAstrid Stawiarz/Getty
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Jimi Hendrix handwritten lyrics to the songs 'Room Full Of Mirrors' and 'Shame Shame Shame'Astrid Stawiarz/Getty
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Michael Jackson's crystal glove from the 1988 film 'Moonwalker' and handwritten lyrics for the song 'Bad'Astrid Stawiarz/Getty

The auction is also to include more than 85 items from the life and career of Elvis Presley, including a custom guitar made for him by his father.

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Elvis Presley's painted leather jacket circa 1974Astrid Stawiarz/Getty
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Elvis Presley's 1969 Gibson Dove acoustic guitarAstrid Stawiarz/Getty

The Music Icons event has become one of the most highly anticipated auctions offered by Julien's Auctions, bringing together bidders, collectors and fans from all over the world while making musical history.

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Elvis Presley's handwritten 'Philosophy For A Happy Life'Astrid Stawiarz/Getty
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Elvis Presley's handwritten 'Philosophy For A Happy Life'Astrid Stawiarz/Getty
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David Bowie's 1987 Glass Spider tour costume designed by Diana MoseleyAstrid Stawiarz/Getty
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Johnny Cash's handwritten lyrics for the song First Grade Old Maid Teacher dated 26 April 1978Astrid Stawiarz/Getty
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A handmade earring worn by Madonna and actress Rosanna Arquette in the 1985 film Desperately Seeking Susan on display with a photograph of the singerAstrid Stawiarz/Getty
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Freddie Mercury's 1986 Queen Magic Tour jacketAstrid Stawiarz/Getty
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A painted Premiere drumhead used by Keith Moon in 1969 with The WhoAstrid Stawiarz/Getty
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A custom-made cropped tuxedo jacket worn by Madonna and actress Rosanna Arquette in the 1985 film Desperately Seeking SusanAstrid Stawiarz/Getty
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A handmade earring worn by Madonna and actress Rosanna Arquette in the 1985 film Desperately Seeking SusanAstrid Stawiarz/Getty
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Stevie Ray Vaughan's 1951 Fender Broadcaster 'Jimbo' GuitarAstrid Stawiarz/Getty