May 27, 2021 Rock & Roll, Entertainment, Sports and Americana
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 5/27/2021

Offered is a collection of 29 artifacts from the band KISS during their concert tours of the 1980s. The group of items emanates from the archives of the "Smooth Ride" tour bus collection. Kiss is regarded as one of the most influential bands of all time, as well as one of the best-selling bands of all time, having sold more than 75 million records worldwide. Their concert are legendary rock & roll affairs, and the following items are included from those days on the road:

  • "Paul Stanley on Tour '89" tour itinerary booklet signed by Paul Stanley and members of his touring band. Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Beckett Authentic;
  • 1984 KISS World Tour patch, Tour Itinerary Booklet and Tour memorandum paperwork;
  • Group of six KISS backstage pass laminates and cloth stickers;
  • Two Western Union "Mailgrams" concerning tour bus booking for the 1983 KISS World Tour;
  • 1983 contract from "THE KISS COMPANY" for tour bus services, 10 pages;
  • 1989 contract between "THE KISS COMPANY" and "Florida Custom Coach" for tour bus services, six pages;
  • Group of nine original 11 x 14 inch black and white news service photographs of KISS on stage, late 1980s, from The Virginian-Pilot newspaper in original envelope marked "PAUL";
  • KISS "Crazy Nights 1987-88" tour itinerary booklet;
  • Dark blue "KISS CREW" hooded sweatshirt, with "You Wanted The Best You Got The Best" on the back, size "XL";
  • Black "KISS WORLD TOUR 87-88" crew sweatshirt, size XL;
  • "PAUL" airbrushed portrait sweatshirt, size "L".

Smooth Ride Rock & Roll Tour Bus Collection

Each item in the collection is accompanied by a signed letter of authenticity from owner Sandra Placco. Her letters read in part:

Smooth Ride Custom Coach Leasing operated for over 40 years providing tour bus services to rock & roll bands. We began building coaches in our driveway in Red Hook, New York back in 1974. The first tour was with a band called Orleans (their big hit was “Still the One”), and we operated until 2014. We went on to provide tour bus services to dozens and dozens of different acts, including Prince, KISS, Phish, Trey Anastasio, Bob Dylan's “Rolling Thunder Revue”, Janet Jackson, Alice Cooper, TOTO, Bruce Hornsby, Don Henley, Steve Miller, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Neil Young, Weezer, Fall Out Boy, Arcade Fire, to name just a few!

The business originally started as “Land Yacht” and gained the trusted name of “Smooth Ride” in the early 80s. Our reputation grew, and tours just came in as entertainers found that we provided a better way to get from point A to point B. I personally handled the tour booking, tour contracts with the bands and management companies and our company financials. Around 1984, we started working with Florida Coach, who built custom coaches for us, and later we worked with Night Train Coach of Nashville, Tennessee, as well as many other custom coach companies, over the years. We stopped operating in 2014, as I was preparing for retirement. 

KISS Concert Tour Collection with Paul Stanley Signed Tour Book (Beckett Certified), Tour Crew Sweatshirts, Backstage Passes, Tour Documents and Photographs (29 Pieces)
Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $250
Final prices include buyers premium: $431
Estimate: $500 - $1,000
Number Bids: 4
Auction closed on Thursday, May 27, 2021.
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