Auction News: Vintage guitars, celebrity instruments and more memorabilia up for auction Oct. 6

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to walk a mile in The Killer’s shoes or play Slowhand’s Gibson Firebird guitar, here’s your chance to find out.

Those items are among the lots up for bid at Heritage Auction’s 2007 October Signature Entertainment/Music Memorabilia auction slated for Oct. 6-7, 2007, in Dallas, said Doug Norwine, director of music and entertainment memorabilia at Heritage Auction Galleries.JerryGarciaAngel.jpghttp://www.ha.com. For those who love to do their auction shopping the old-fashioned way, the event’s catalog will be out in September.

Some of the other artist-used instruments listed for sale on the auction house’s Web site include:

• Bob Dylan’s Hohner harmonica
• John Phillips’ 1962 Fender guitar
• Harry James’ trumpet
• Bunny Berrigan’s trumpet
• Benny Goodman’s Selmer clarinet
• Gene Simmons’ Gibson “Grabber” bass guitar
• Walter Becker’s 1958 Fender bass used during the recording of Steely Dan’s Pretzel Logic album
• The tambourine owned by Bruce Langhorne, the inspiration for Bob Dylan’s song “Mr. Tambourine Man”

Those who appreciate the art and architecture behind rock ‘n’ roll’s key instrument — the electric guitar — will enjoy several other lots, too.

“We have nine guitars that are not star-owned, but are classic, vintage guitars, early Les Paul guitars, early Fenders,” Norwine said. “Some of these guitars are worth six figures. That’s a whole, new untapped market, and we’re very excited about that.”

If a classic axe isn’t your cup of tea, there are plenty of other lots to explore at the auction. A wide variety of autographed and signed items, photos and other memorabilia are on the block, including Duke Ellington’s hand-written score for Cabin in the Cotton and the “Jerry Angel” original painting of Jerry Garcia by Stanley Mouse.

“There’s always something for everyone. There’s things in the $400 range to the multithousands,” Norwine said. “We always want to make our auctions fun.”

Fans of two of the hottest ‘60s British Invasion band are in for a special treat.

“We have an assortment from two British photographers of the Beatles and Rolling Stones that no one’s seen before,” Norwine said. “Illustration art — photos, rare photos, not before seen — are becoming very collectible and a great investment. A picture is worth a thousand words.”

Trends show that more people are taking stock in rock these days.

 “The Beatles keep going up in value, and it’s the 30th anniversary of Elvis’ death. It’s just more and more people are moving toward entertainment and music memorabilia as a good investment,” Norwine said.

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