According Guernsey's in New York City, what might well be the most diverse assemblage of collectible guitars ever presented will be up for auction. The event will be featuring several private collections including a yellow and black guitar ordered, owned and played by Eddie Van Halen.
Bidders will have a chance to buy a guitar signed and played by Richie Sambora. Also on the block guitars from Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Tony Mottola (accompanying Frank Sinatra) and Franny Beecher who, following years with Benny Goodman's big band, became the lead guitarist for the legendary Bill Haley and the Comets.
The "In Cold Blood" pair of guitars in the auction must constitute one of the most unusual musical offerings ever: those who vividly recall the legendary Truman Capote book and movie will remember that Perry Smith, the much analyzed killer, toted his guitar everywhere. A single lot in this auction will contain both the instrument used by Robert Blake playing the the role of Smith in the Academy Award winning film,and the actual guitar used by the real life killer.
Guernsey's The Guitar Auction takes place on February 27 in New York City.