Rare Guitars And Rod Stewart’s Car Go Under The Hammer
Britain’s first rock n’ roll motoring auction, which will be held by COYS in London this Thursday. Up for sale will be Rod Stewart’s Ferrari and many other classic rock artist’s guitars.
Several of the iconic guitars that will be going under the hammer, were played by up and coming guitarist Stephen Dale Petit at the Hard Rock Cafe in London’s Old Park Lane last week and were shown to the press by 18 year old Karis Chandler, a guitar expert and adviser to the auction house.
The famous guitars included a 1952 Gibson Les Paul, which was owned and made famous by cult UK, blues legend Duster Bennett, known for his ‘One Man Blues Band’. The guitar has an incredible lineage, being given to him by Peter Green of Fleetwood Mac who in turn got it from Eric Clapton. Legend has it that Clapton received this from the blues king himself, BB King, who acquired it from Muddy Waters. The guitar was expected to make at least £20,000 at auction.
The guitars went on show with two famous cars, which will be auctioned. A Ferrari Superamerica owned by Rod Stewart, which is estimated at £70,000 to £90,000, and an Aston Martin DB5 from the Robbie Williams video ‘Millennium’ that is estimated at £135,000 to £155,000.
The COYS ‘Rock Legends’ auction includes some 60 iconic and rare vintage instruments and rock ephemera associated with some of the most famous names from the rock world, including Buddy Holly, George Harrison, The Who and Jimi Hendrix.
Highlights include bizarre Brian Eastwood dreamlike guitar creations, a replica of George Harrison’s famous hand-painted Fender Stratocaster, “Rocky”, and an official Gibson Buddy Holly J45 acoustic reissue, one of only 250 worldwide. Julius Thurgood, head of COYS Rock department, said “This sale has some incredible guitars but is also accessible for all, with some guitars such as a very rare Buddy Holly reissue estimated at only £1000-£1200. In a year which sees interest rates at just 0.5% and the 50th anniversary of the death of Buddy Holly, this could be a fantastic investment.”
The auction, which will be held at the Royal Horticultural Halls in Westminster, London on Thursday March 12th.