Mega Guitar Auction This Sat. In NYC

Guitar Auction

Stevie Ray, Eddie Van H, George Benson and loads more. Better pay off those credit cards fast, folks.

By Blurt Staff

Okay, guitar geeks, mark your calendars for February 27: that’s when will be teaming up with Guernsey’s Auctions to present Guitars At Auction. The event features 379 live auction lots of an assortment of what’s described as “almost impossible-to-find instruments.”

According to the organizers, lots will be sold LIVE in New York City on February 27th, with live preview showings on February 25th and 26th from noon to 6pm each day. The event will be featuring several private collections including approximately 20 instruments coming directly from jazz legend George Benson.

Needless to say, we’re not talking hundred-buck axes. Or 500-bucks, for that matter. Think 100 times that as a rough baseline. The photo above shows just three examples, one originally owned by Eddie Van Halen, one by the late Stevie Ray Vaughan, and one that had appeared in the film In Cold Blood and was given to the consignor by Robert Blake. Below are the exact details.

There will be plenty of other collectibles up for auction. You can find out more about the event at the Guernsey auction page:


Lot 439: Eddie Van Halen’s 1982 Charvel Guitar

Estimated Price: $55,000 – $75,000

Eddie Van Halen’s 1982 Charvel, made for, owned by, and played by Mr. Van Halen himself, with 1982 video and other full documentation. Eddie Van Halen’s iconic original black & white striped “Frankenstein” guitar (which he later modified in the late 1979 with an additional layer of red paint) was built from a body and neck he bought from Wayne Charvel and Lynn Ellsworth in the mid 1970s. Van Halen continued to purchase various parts from Charvel during the late 70s that he used to build guitars, and he even played a guitar built by Charvel based on the single-pickup design of his Frankenstein.


Lot 284: Stevie Ray Vaughan-Owned & Signed c. 1966-67 Fender

Estimated Price: $250,000 – $500,000

Stevie Ray Vaughan-Owned & Signed c. 1966-67 Fender Stratocaster. Serial#: 191460. Stevie Ray Vaughan owned and signed 1966-67 Fender Stratocaster in a three-tone Sunburst finish. The signature is broad and in gold ink, dated ” ’90,” and also present on this guitar are some worn stickers; one group of stickers reads “SRV” and the other, located on the pickguard, is rather worn and faded but the word “Cobras” is visible. Vaughan played with Paul Ray and the Cobras in Austin, Texas from 1975 until 1977. This Fender’s silver neck plate is etched in block letters “STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN DALLAS, TX.” Paperwork inside the case with more of Vaughan’s handwriting.


Lot 312: 1966 Gibson LG-1 & Continental Music Company Guitars

Estimated Price: $125,000 – $175,000

1966 Gibson LG-1 & Continental Music Company Guitars, In Cold Blood. 1966 Gibson LG-1 Sunburst finish. This guitar was used in the movie In Cold Blood. They put a substance on the finish to keep it from reflecting on camera. Robert Blake gave the consignor this guitar in 2001. In 2002, the consignor produced a vintage guitar show in Las Vegas at the Hard Rock Hotel and this guitar was featured at this show. The newspaper article from Las Vegas in 2002 is a companying the guitar. Comes with modern case.

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