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Beatles, Prince, Dylan, Pistols, Clapton… many star items at big guitar auction


John Lennon with acoustic guitar for sale

A guitar auction featuring instruments from the biggest names in rock, including Bob Dylan, the Beatles and Prince, will attract huge figures this month.

The Music Icons auction closes on May 29 – 30.

Already online bidding is heading towards estimates for a huge collection of instruments owned and played by some of the most consequential names in modern pop and rock history.

Lots include:

  • A John Lennon acoustic played on-screen in Help! and on record in numerous mid-period Beatles songs (top estimate $800,000).

Bob Dylan upsetting some of his audience with his electric axe. Yours for around $700,000.

  • A Fender Telecaster owned and played by Robbie Robertson and Bob Dylan on the records over which Dylan “went electric” ($700,000).
  • One of just four iconic “cloud” guitars played on some of Prince’s biggest tours ($600,000).
  • The 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard on which Randy Bachman wrote American Woman ($400,000).
  • A Jerry Garcia guitar played at the Grateful Dead’s residency at the Winterland Ballroom in 1977 ($300,000).

There are also guitars from Bono, Iron Maiden, Van Halen, The Sex Pistols, Eric Clapton, Tony Sheridan (The Beatles), Motley Crue, Slayer and Metallica.

Beyond the guitars, numerous stage costumes from Michael Jackson are also predicted for high value sales.

With over 300 guitars among around 1,000 lots, this sale from Julien’s Auctions will surely be one of the biggest of the year.

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