One deep-pocketed bidder will get a chance to own a piece of rock and roll history when the iconic Les Paul guitar known as "Black Beauty" goes up for auction in New York next month.
The electric instrument, which is the original prototype for the Les Paul Custom guitars made the Gibson Guitar Company, will be sold by Guernsey's Auctions at the Arader Galleries on Feb. 19th.
No pre-auction estimate, or reserve price, has been put on the instrument. But some music experts believe it could exceed the record auction price of $965,000 paid in 2013 for the guitar owned and played by Bob Dylan at his first electric performance at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965.
"This instrument," said Guernsey's President Arlan Ettinger, "is referred to as the grail, the Holy Grail, because it was the first Les Paul guitar made by Mr. Les Paul that gave birth to the thousands and thousands of instruments that bear that name and that resemble this instrument."
---------------------------------- This one is for Ninja, Lance, Huntor & Resin.. Auction starts Feb 19th.. Go getcha' some, son
UNION, Illinois — It is the single largest assembly of Grateful Dead memorabilia ever – and it is all going up for auction.
It has been a longtime in the making, but self-professed “Dead Head” and longtime friend of the late Jerry Garcia Lisa Purze is blown away by the massive collection of Grateful Dead memorabilia she and 16 other contributors are about to send out into the world.
“They’re a legacy,” she says. “This is history. This is living history.”
The 700-plus pieces being auctioned this weekend at Donley Auction in Union Illinois could fetch millions of dollars.
Everything from Mickey Hart’s drum sticks, the bands business licenses, concert tees, tickets and posters to an old Garcia travel kit and things much more personal and pricey.
“We have one of Jerry Garcia’s own t-shirts that he wore in concert, something he sweat in himself.”
One of a kind posters, the last book Jerry Garcia ever read, Robert Hunter’s original hand written lyrics for he’s gone.
Artwork is also included like Jerry Garcia originals and oil paintings by Rick Griffin.
The auction coincide with the band’s 50[SUP]th[/SUP] anniversary and was planned long before the upcoming Chicago concert was announced.
Friends and former employees are simply hoping to put a little Dead history and good vibes back out into the world.
Chicago native Lisa, says she is happy to give someone else a chance to relive that part of their lives or introduce the Dead to a new generation of fans.
Portions of the auction go to charity, money from ticket sales and some auction items will go Mickey Hart’s charity for teens and young adults living with autism
Legendary radio DJ Wolfman Jack's iconic raspy voice can now be yours with just a few hits off his custom water pipe, which is now up for auction ... but this ain't no cheap high.The Harley Davidson themed bong was a bachelor party gift to the Wolfman back in 1961 when he was just starting his nearly 35-year career. Wolfman was hardly a Harley lover, but we're told the pal who gave it to him was.
Main Street Mining Co. expects the pipe to go for as much as $10,000, and uh ... weed is NOT included. The leftover residue was cleaned out when the auction house got it. It hits the block Tuesday.
If you don't enjoy the annual trip to the dentist you might want to look away now.
A bizarre collection of dental and medical instruments and curios from the 1920s to the 1960s is going under the hammer this week.
A complete dental anaesthesia device from the 1920s, made by the Enraf company, is up for sale along with its original case and an empty bottle of methylene chloride.
Also up for sale are a dental articulator - used to make casts to create dentures - which was used by mobile dentists in India.