Jeff Beck and Pete Townsend headline Rock & Roll memorabilia sale



2015-06-26 11:06:21

Jeff Beck and Pete Townsend headline Rock & Roll memorabilia sale

1 Jun 2012, 10:47 GMT+01

The Beatles, The Who and The Ramones will all star in the upcoming Christie’s Rock and Roll memorabilia auction, scheduled for June 12.

The sale, which takes place in London, will offer music fans a chance to acquire a wide range of lots from some of music history’s greatest bands.

Topping the sale are three guitars formerly owned by three legendary guitarists – Jeff Beck, Pete Townsend and Johnny Ramone.

Jeff Beck’s 1951 Fender Telecaster had previously been owned by the influential American Blues musician Roy Buchanan, before passing to Beck in the 1980s. It was used for recording and performances by the former Yardbirds guitarist, and appears with a pre-sale estimate of £30,000 - £40,000.

Pete Townsend’s 1970s Schecter electric guitar was played extensively from 1979 until 1982 during several tours by The Who, and originates from the renowned collection of Brad and Diana Rogers. It will be offered with an estimated value of £20,000 - £25,000.

The most modern of the three models is the custom Mosrite Ventures II guitar used by The Ramones guitarist Johnny Ramone during the band’s final Adios Amigo tour in 1996 and the Lollapalooza tour of the same year. Signed “Gabba Gabba Hey, Johnny Ramone”, the guitar is expected to sell for £20,000 - £30,000.

Elsewhere the sale features a remarkable selection of original posters, autographs, tickets and personal memorabilia.

These include a hand-painted poster for an early Beatles gig at the Cavern Club, dated November 1962, estimated at £10,000 - £15,000, a rare set of printer’s proofs from Richard Avedon’s 1968 psychedelic portraits of the Fab Four, priced at £15,000 - £20,000, and a collection of six drawing by John Lennon priced at £12,000 - £14,000.

Other notable bands and artists featured in the sale include Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix and Queen.

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