Vintage and Collectible Guitars Coming Up for Auction This Week

The other day it was brought to my attention yesterday by Invaluable online auctions that there are several lots of some vintage and collectible guitars that are coming up for sale. They always have a revolving door of collectibles, music related and beyond, but on February 27th they're teaming up with Guernsey’s Auctions to present Guitars At Auction. This exclusive auction event features 379 live auction lots of an assortment of almost impossible-to-find instruments. These lots will be sold at LIVE auction in New York City on February 27th...there are live preview showings on February 25th and 26th running from 12pm noon to 6pm on each day.

This event will be featuring several private collections of instruments, including ~20 coming directly from the great George Benson. Some of the instruments which will be for sale are described below (see also the infographic at the end of this post for photos of these three guitars). While I know that these guitars aren't cheap, I do know that there are many of you out there who are fellow guitarists and collectors who at the very least will be interested in seeing what's for sale. And who knows? Maybe some of you with deep pockets might just walk away with one of these beauties!

Lot 439: Eddie Van Halen's 1982 Charvel Guitar
Estimated Price: $55,000 - $75,000
Eddie Van Halen’s 1982 Charvel, made for, owned by, and played by Mr. Van Halen himself, with 1982 video and other full documentation. Eddie Van Halen's iconic original black & white striped "Frankenstein" guitar (which he later modified in the late 1979 with an additional layer of red paint) was built from a body and neck he bought from Wayne Charvel and Lynn Ellsworth in the mid 1970s. Van Halen continued to purchase various parts from Charvel during the late 70s that he used to build guitars, and he even played a guitar built by Charvel based on the single-pickup design of his Frankenstein.

Lot 284: Stevie Ray Vaughan-Owned & Signed c. 1966-67 Fender
Estimated Price: $250,000 - $500,000
Stevie Ray Vaughan-Owned & Signed c. 1966-67 Fender Stratocaster. Serial#: 191460. Stevie Ray Vaughan owned and signed 1966-67 Fender Stratocaster in a three-tone Sunburst finish. The signature is broad and in gold ink, dated " '90," and also present on this guitar are some worn stickers; one group of stickers reads "SRV" and the other, located on the pickguard, is rather worn and faded but the word "Cobras" is visible. Vaughan played with Paul Ray and the Cobras in Austin, Texas from 1975 until 1977. This Fender's silver neck plate is etched in block letters "STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN DALLAS, TX." Paperwork inside the case with more of Vaughan's handwriting.

Lot 312: 1966 Gibson LG-1 & Continental Music Company Guitars
Estimated Price: $125,000 - $175,000
1966 Gibson LG-1 & Continental Music Company Guitars, In Cold Blood. 1966 Gibson LG-1 Sunburst finish. This guitar was used in the movie In Cold Blood. They put a substance on the finish to keep it from reflecting on camera. Robert Blake gave the consignor this guitar in 2001. In 2002, the consignor produced a vintage guitar show in Las Vegas at the Hard Rock Hotel and this guitar was featured at this show. The newspaper article from Las Vegas in 2002 is a companying the guitar. Comes with modern case.

More information about this event can be found HERE.