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ZZ Top man’s personal collection in major rock sale


The collection of Dusty Hill, the late bass guitarist with Texas’s bearded rockers ZZ Top, is being sold to raise money for charity. It includes guitars, custom costumes and memorabilia to raise money for Charity

Dallas is the location for the December 7 – 9 sale, hosted by Julien’s Auctions.

“The Collection of Dusty Hill of ZZ Top” will feature over 1,200 lots.

They include Hill’s instruments, costumes worn on stage, accessories and memorabilia spanning a 50-year music career.

Fans will instantly recognise the fur-finish spinning bass guitar he played in ZZ Top’s iconic “Legs” music video. They can also own the 1953 Fender Precision bass that was his main instrument, and wear the Stetson cowboy hat he wore while they play them.

A jacket worn by Hill on tour in 1994 is up for sale.

Hill’s western-style custom Manuel and Nudie jackets – a riot of colour and rhinestones – will also be under the hammer.

A portion of the sale proceeds will go to MusiCares, which provides health services to music professionals in times of financial and medical crisis.

“Dusty treasured all of the items in this auction and it means so much to me that the fans, who he loved, will have an opportunity to own something from his personal collection,” said Hill’s widow Charleen.

Hill was an original member of ZZ Top, who formed in Houston, Texas in 1969. Their hard-rocking, bluesy sound was complemented by light-hearted lyrics and, in the age of the video, visuals.

Hill died in 2021 at the age of 72. He was an inductee of the Rock Hall of Fame since 2004 and was a touring musician until his death.

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