Guernsey's present "most diverse" New York guitar auction

Rob B

Rob B

2016-01-18 10:26:25

Guernsey's forthcoming guitar auction in New York will offer "the most diverse assemblage of collectible guitars ever presented".

The sale will include more than 300 instruments, from classical acoustic guitars dating back to the 1880 through to modern electric guitars with rock star provenance.

Amongst the highlights will be 20 instruments from the personal collection of recording artist George Benson, regarded by many as one of the world's finest living guitarists. The collection includes several unique custom guitars made specifically for Benson by Ibanez, and played both in the studio and on stage around the world.

Further notable collections will include the Henry Lowenstein Collection, featuring early and extremely rare guitars and mandolins made by Joseph Bohmann in the late 19th century; and more than 40 guitars from the collection of the late arranger and jazz musician Robert Yelin, whose books helped generations of budding musicians to learn jazz guitar.

Amongst the instruments with famous provenance will be guitars played by rock legends Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughn; Tony Mottola, who worked extensively with Frank Sinatra and Perry Como; and Franny Beecher, who spent years as a member of Benny Goodman's big band before becoming the lead guitarist for Bill Haley and the Comets and playing on the landmark 1954 single Rock Around the Clock.

The auction will also offer a unique lot which spans the worlds of music, movies and crime: a pair of 'In Cold Blood' guitars. Collectors will be able to bid on the actual guitar owned by Perry Smith, the executed killer featured in Truman Capote's best-selling 1966 true crime book, and the guitar used on-screen by Robert Blake as Edwards in the 1967 Academy Award-winning film.

The live Guernsey's guitar auction takes place at the Bohemian National Hall in New York on February 27.

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