Ace Frehley’s Original KISS Logo Sketch Auctioned From $50,000
Man, these days rock artifacts are becoming a little economy in themselves. In 2019, a pizza plate that Kurt Cobain wrote a setlist on fetched more than $20,000 at auction, and this week it was announced that the Fender Mustang that Kurt played in the “Smells Like Teen Spirit” video was going to be auctioned. Now it has been revealed that the original sketch of the KISS guitarist Ace Frehley’s logo is up for auction – and the starting bid is $50,000.
“KISS Logo Original Artwork 1973 Hand Drawn and Designed by Ace Frehley with COA Signed by Ace Frehley – For years we’ve all heard the story of the creation of the KISS band name and KISS logo – Paul Stanley thought of the name , Ace designed the logo, then Paul refined the logo – But from Paul and Gene’s point of view, we were never shown what the original version of the logo looked like – It’s clear now, why it was never shown to us, that’s because Gene and Paul didn’t have it to show anyone; the artwork was buried in Ace’s personal collection.
“Ace first unveiled the logo’s original artwork in 2011 in the middle section of the inside color page of Ace’s No Regrets book and discussed its creation on page 77 of his book. Ace designed the logo in early 1973 using graph paper in order to properly draw the perfect proportions in a consistent scale.The logo had to be created for obvious band identity reasons, but Ace also felt a logo was necessary for the purpose. to sell a potential pinback button as merchandise or as a souvenir gift to friends, family, crew members and band supporters coming to early KISS club shows.
“That’s why the artwork was saved by Ace on a button as an example; he basically built a prototype button to show to other band members to get everyone’s feedback and approval. As for the condition, the artwork paper is super delicate as it goes over 50. The paper is fragile and has never been kept as a collectible, so there are tiny tears all around the edges. Due to its fragility, the button will be shipped to the new owner in a mylar sleeve inside a mini plastic case.
“Understand something here, by winning this auction you will become both curator and steward of one of the most important pieces in rock and roll history. This is your chance to own one of the most historically significant KISS items ever offered for sale…..This purchase does not come with any ownership rights to the logo design and does not give you any rights to make any copies of the logo for resale. This is sold strictly as a collectible for you to enjoy in your personal collection. Measures 3.5 x 3.5. Comes with signed Ace Frehley Certificate of Authenticity and Gotta Have Rock & Roll Certificate of Authenticity.
Check out photos of the design below. We highly recommend buying it if you have more cash than sense, but if you’re a KISS fan, it’s probably a no-brainer.