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David Gilmour’s Guitar Collection Going Up For Auction at Christie’s!

David Gilmour Guitar Collection at Christies
All Photos By Gail

In a career spanning more than five decades — as guitarist, singer and songwriter of Pink Floyd, and in his solo recordings  and collaborations with other artists — David Gilmour has created a body of work that cements his legacy as one of the most influential rock musicians  of all time. If you’ve ever wondered what it might be like to play one of Gilmour’s guitars, wonder no longer. Christie’s is preparing to bring to auction highlights from David Gilmour’s personal guitar collection on June 20th, 2019 in New York. Comprising more than 120 guitars, Gilmour’s collection focuses on a selection of his preferred Fender models including Broadcasters, Esquires, Telecasters and Stratocasters, led by a guitar as iconic and recognizable as the historic performances for which it was used – the 1969 Black Stratocaster (estimate: $100,000-150,000). Detailing the musical history of one of the world’s most influential guitarists, the sale will be the largest and most comprehensive collection of guitars to be offered at auction. Sale proceeds will benefit charitable causes. Estimated final sale prices range from $300 to $150,000, appealing to a wide spectrum of guitar aficionados, fans and collectors alike.

Electric Guitar Trio

Ovation Preacher 12 String Electric Guitar 1978
Ovation Preacher 12-String Electric Guitar (1978). Final Sale Estimate $2,000-$3,000

A global tour of the guitars arrived in New York City on June 14th for six days of press and sale previews, and I was lucky to be able to view highlights of the full collection on Monday, June 17th.  As a fan for over 40 years,  it was a thrill to be able to see these historic guitars up-close, to read their stories and to enjoy audio and visual clips of David Gilmour in action, provided by Sennheiser, which completed a full sensory experience.

Pink Floyd Video

Pink Floyd Video

Installation View

Fender EC 1989
Fender Stratocaster Eric Clapton Signature Model in Custom Color Daphne Blue (1989). Final Sale Estimate $3,000-$5,000

Solid Body Electric Resonator Guitar (1991)
Solid Body Electric Resonator Guitar (1991). Final Sale Estimate $1,500-$2,400

Quote from David Gilmour: “These guitars have been very good to me and many of them have given me pieces of music over the years. They have paid for themselves many times over, but it’s now time that they moved on. Guitars were made to be played and it is my wish that wherever they end up, they continue to give their owners the gift of music. By auctioning these guitars I hope that I can give some help where it is really needed and through my charitable foundation do some good in this world. It will be a wrench to see them go and perhaps one day I’ll have to track one or two of them down and buy them back!”

Installation View

Gretsch Solid Body 6129 Silver Jet (1957)
Gretsch Solid Body Electric Guitar, 6129 Silver Jet (1957). Final Sale Estimate $6,000-$8,000

Kerry Keane, Christie’s Musical Instruments Specialist: “For the last half century David Gilmour’s guitar work has become part of the sound track in our collected popular culture. His solos, both lyrical and layered with color, are immediately identifiable to critics and pop music fans as readily as the brushstrokes of Monet’s water lilies are to art historians.

Dusty Rose Stratocaster Plus
Dusty Rose Fender Stratocaster Plus (1987). Final Sale Estimate $1,500-$2,400

These instruments are unique in that they are the physical embodiment of David Gilmour’s signature sound throughout his over 50-year career. Like palette and brush, they are the tools of the trade for an iconic rock guitarist.”

Ampeg Dan Armstrong Lucite Body Electric Guitar (1969)
Ampeg Dan Armstrong Lucite Body Electric Guitar (1969). Final Sale Estimate $2,000-$3,000

Two Guitars with Gilmour Backdrop

COLLECTION HIGHLIGHTS

David Gilmour Black Strat

Leading the Collection is David Gilmour’s 1969 Black Fender Stratocaster, purchased in 1970 at Manny’s on West 48th Street in New York (estimate: $100,000150,000). The Black Strat quickly became his primary performance and recording instrument for the next fifteen years and it was extensively modified to accommodate Gilmour’s evolving style and performance requirements. The Black Strat was played on Money, Shine On You Crazy Diamond and the legendary solo on Comfortably Numb. It was key to the development of the Pink Floyd sound and was instrumental in the recording of landmark albums such as Wish You Were Here (1975), Animals (1977) and The Wall (1979), and of course Pink Floyd’s seminal 1973 masterpiece The Dark Side of the Moon, widely regarded as one of the greatest albums of all time. The guitar can also be heard on Gilmour’s critically acclaimed solo albums including David Gilmour (1978), About Face (1984), On An Island (2006) and Rattle that Lock (2015). After a period of temporary retirement while on semi-permanent loan to the Hard Rock Cafe, Gilmour reclaimed The Black Strat for Pink Floyd’s historic reunion concert at Live 8 in London’s Hyde Park on July 2nd, 2005, reinstating it as his guitar of choice for the next decade and firmly establishing its place in rock’n’roll history.

The White Strat

Another important guitar offered is Gilmour’s 1954 White Fender Stratocaster #0001, which has become one of the instruments synonymous with his long artistic career (estimate: $100,000150,000). Gilmour acquired The #0001 Stratocaster in 1978. Its use on several recordings, such as Another Brick In The Wall (Parts Two and Three), and on the concert stage, make it readily recognizable by both fans and connoisseurs.

Fred Gretsch White Penguin

An additional collection highlight is an incredibly rare Gretsch White Penguin 6134. With only 50 models ever produced, the White Penguin is one of the rarest America vintage guitars to exist in the market. Gilmour purchased this guitar (pictured above) for his private collection July of 1980 (estimate: $100,000150,000).

1984 Red Strat

Further Fender highlights include the 1957 ‘Ex-Homer Haynes’ Stratocaster, with gold plated hardware and finished in the rare custom color of Lake Placid Blue (estimate: $60,000-90,000); a Candy Apple Red 1984 Stratocaster 57V (estimate: $15,000-25,000), which became his primary electric guitar during the 1980’s and 1990’s, used during recording and touring of the Pink Floyd albums A Momentary Lapse of Reason (1987) and The Division Bell (1994): and an exceptionally early 1954 Stratocaster, (estimate: $50,000-70,000), believed to be one of a group of Stratocasters produced by Fender prior to its commercial production release in October 1954.

Acoustic Guitar Trio

Echoing Gilmour’s early musical influences of the Everly Brothers and Bob Dylan, the collection offers several acoustic guitars. Examples include a 1969 D-35 Martin purchased on the streets of New York in 1971, and used as both Pink Floyd and David Gilmour’s main studio acoustic, notably on Wish You Were Here (estimate $10,000- 20,000); and a unique Tony Zemaitis (1978) custom acoustic bass guitar (estimate $15,000-25,000).

Installation View
David Gilmour Guitar Backdrop

Update: To read an article on the results of this auction click Here!

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Johnny Ramone’s Mosrite Guitar Goes Up for Auction

Johnny Ramones Guitar
Pictured: Johnny Ramone’s Personally-Owned and Stage-Used 1965 Mosrite Ventures V1 Guitar

Johnny Ramone’s Mosrite Guitar will be featured at a live auction event by Boston, MA based RR Auction this month. The personally-owned and used red 1965 Mosrite Ventures V1 guitar is signed on the body in black felt tip, “Best always, Johnny Ramone, 5/22/90.”

The six-string guitar features several modifications Ramone made to make the guitar fit his sound and style, the most significant being the replacement of the tremolo system with a stop bar tailpiece and installation of a DiMarzio FS-1 bridge pickup, as well as a tortoiseshell pickguard. Included in the sale, is the original hardshell case.

This is a rare instrument in its own right, and the only red guitar or Ventures Model 1 that Ramone owned; it was in his possession for at least seven years, from circa 1982–83 until he sold it in 1990; the first photographic evidence of Ramone playing the guitar comes from a show at the Eagle’s Hippodrome in Seattle on May 5, 1983. Johnny most often used this guitar for TV appearances and it can be seen up-close during a 1988 performance on MTV.

In 1990, Ramone sold this guitar to friend and former Ramones band driver Gene Frawley, signing and dating it on the occasion. A subsequent owner later personally confirmed the ownership details with Ramone, who acknowledged that he owned and used the guitar throughout the 1980s before selling it to Frawley.

“This is one of just nine Mosrite guitars owned by Ramone known to exist — an exceedingly rare and historically important piece of music history,” says Bobby Livingston, Exec VP at RR Auction.

Johnny Ramone was a founding member of the seminal punk band that broke onto the New York music scene in 1974. Johnny was known for his fast, high-energy guitar playing. His style almost exclusively consisted of rapid down strokes and bar chord shapes. This unique playing style and buzz saw-like sound of Johnny’s guitar parts was highly influential on many early punk rock guitarists and keeps him listed on numerous top lists of the greatest guitar players. Johnny Ramone died in his Los Angeles home on September 15, 2004 at the age of 55 after a five-year battle with prostate cancer.

The Johnny Ramone guitar will be part of a special live auction event, featuring nearly 150 items, that will take place on January 22nd, 2015 at RR Auction’s Boston Gallery, but Online Bidding begins January 15th, More details can be found online at RR Auction Dot Com.

Unreleased Studio Mixes from Led Zeppelin & Bad Company up for Sale

Physical Grafitti Tenements

RR Auction, an Amherst, NH-based company is proud to present unreleased studio mixes of Led Zeppelin’s 1975 album Physical Graffiti, from the Ron Nevison Collection, as part of its Marvels of Modern Music auction coming up on March 13th, 2014.

Reel of Audio Tape
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The vintage 10″ tape reel of rough studio mixes, recorded on Ampex 406 quarter-inch tape, is labeled and hand-notated with the track listing and recording data. The track listing includes:

Client: Led Zeppelin, Subject: Rough Mixes, Engineer: R. N., Date: 28-2-74, Location: Headley, Speed: 15, Reel: 2.

Song titles and times are listed as follows:

“Trampled Underfoot” — 5:40
“Driving to Kashmir” — 8:50
“Custard Pie” — 4:20
“In the Light (Everyone Makes It Then) ” — 7:18
“Swan Song—Part 1” —1:20 and “Swan Song — Part 2” —1:20

Led Zeppelin Song List

The recording sessions for Physical Graffiti initially took place in November 1973 at Headley Grange, using Ronnie Lane’s Mobile Studio. Out of fifteen songs, eight were recorded over an eight-month stretch. Led Zeppelin made the decision of adding previously unreleased songs instead of dropping some, eventually, making it a double album. However, these sessions came to a halt quickly and the studio time was turned over to the band Bad Company, who used it to record songs for their eponymous debut album.

A highlight of the lot is an early rough mix of one of Led Zeppelin’s most popular songs “Kashmir, named “Driving to Kashmir,” in this mix. Jimmy Page well known for his use of alternative guitar tunings along with John Bonham’s drums that featured a phasing effect courtesy of an Eventide Instant Phaser PS-101, supplied by engineer Ron Nevison for the track. The song would become a concert staple for the group – they would perform it at almost every concert after its release.

Also included in the Ron Nevison Collection:

Bad Company Song List

Rough mixes from Bad Company’s debut album recorded in Ronnie Lane’s mobile studio at Headley Grange, including their first hit, “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love.”

Vintage “rough mix” 10″ tape reel of four songs from Clapton’s 1973 album, Eric Clapton’s Rainbow Concert, includes Mixes of ‘Layla’ and ‘Let It Rain.’

Other artists featured include: The Who, Flo and Eddie, Ozzy Osbourne and UFO.

The Marvels of Modern Music auction, from RR Auction will feature more than 800 items and is set to begin on Thursday, March 13th, ending on the evening of Thursday, March 20th, 2014. See the other museum quality pieces up for auction at This Link.

Bacon Thing of the Day: World’s Most Expensive Bacon!

Three Studies of Lucian Freud By Francis Bacon
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Three Studies of Lucian Freud, a 1969 triptych by Francis Bacon of his friend and artist Lucian Freud, sold for $142.4 million at Christie’s Tuesday night. The unknown buyer won the piece after six minutes of “fierce bidding.”

Thanks to both Geoffrey and Thomas for Encouraging me to Post this as a Bacon Thing! I will be doing a Post next week about the new incredible elo boost services!

Bid Now to Own Joey Ramone’s Passport

Joey Ramone's Passport
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An authentic US Passport once owned by the late Jeff Hyman (AKA Joey Ramone) is currently up for auction through 6:00 PM EST on February 21st, 2013. Here’s a description:

Joey Ramone’s personal passport, number 061041624, issued on September 9, 1986. Passport measures 3.5 x 5, and contains his printed personal information on the inside front cover, signed on the adjoining page in black ink with his real name, “Jeff Hyman.” Affixed on the personal information page is a 1.5 x 1.75 passport snapshot. Forty-four of the inside pages are stamped on both sides with entry stamps and some affixed work visas and permits from around the world including London, Japan, Argentina, Italy, Brazil, Denmark, Australia, New Zealand, the Bahamas, Canada, Norway, Canada, and New York City. Stamps date from the late 1980s to 1996. Expected wear from use, two punch holes to front cover, and several labels affixed to covers, otherwise fine condition. Provenance: Joey Ramone Estate. Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from the Joey Ramone Estate. A very personal and one-of-a-kind item, enhanced by his uncommon legal signature, and also showcasing the band’s willingness to play anywhere and anytime. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.

Bidding is currently around $2200. Click This Link to Bid!

Rare Alternate Shot of The Beatles' Abbey Road Cover to Be Auctioned

Beatles Abby Road Rare Photo
Photo: Courtesy of Bloomsbury Auctions

NME reports today that a rare photograph showing The Beatles walking across Abbey Road in the opposite direction to which they are depicted walking on the cover of the legendary 1969 album of the same name will go on the auction block in the UK later this month.

Taken by late photographer Iain Macmillan, notable differences between the two shots include the fact that Paul McCartney is wearing sandals rather than walking barefoot, and the cigarette he’s shown holding on the album version is missing. The print is among a set of 25 being sold by a private collector. Viewings start this Friday, May 18th, 2012, with bids expected to go as high as £9,000 (Approximately $14,300) at auction.

Thanks to Geoffrey Dicker for the Tip!