Guitar Aficionado

Items from Beatles, U2, The Band and Others Go on the Block

Guitars, clothes, and personal effects are featured in Julien's Icons & Idols auction on November 7 and 8.
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By Christopher Scapelliti

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John Lennon's spectacles, Stephen Stills' 1941 Gibson SJ-200 acoustic, a Gretsch guitar played by The Edge, Rick Danko's Last Waltz bass, and a cape worn by the Godfather of Soul himself, James Brown, will be among the hundreds of personal and music-related items featured in Julien’s Icons & Idols: Rock n’ Roll Auction on Friday, November 7 and Saturday, November 8.

The two-day event will also include items from the Beatles, the Grateful Dead, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, Todd Rundgren, Kurt Cobain, Prince and many others. In addition, separate large collections from Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson, Naomi Judd, and Madonna will go to the block during the event.

Guitar highlights include Bono’s signed and played “Irish Falcon” Gretsch G6136i signature guitar (Estimate: $20,000-$30,000), a Gretsch G6118T-LTV 130th Anniversary Jr. guitar used by The Edge in the studio ($60,000-$80,000), a Todd Rundgren Italia guitar used for live performances ($600-$800), Stephen Stills' 1941 Gibson SJ-200 acoustic ($18,000-$20,000), Rick Danko's fretless Ampeg bass used onstage and in the studio ($10,000-$20,000), David Bowie’s Takamine 12-string guitar used onstage ($20,000-$30,000), a set of three "John Lennon Inspired" limited-edition J-160E Gibson guitars ($20,000-$30,000), a Prince Love Symbol guitar ($10,000-$15,000), and Elvis Presley’s NBN acoustic guitar used onstage ($30,000-$40,000).

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Beatles fans will find a trove of rare and unusual objects at the auction. Group memorabilia includes a set of John Lennon’s spectacles ($20,000-$40,000), a Beatles signed receipt ($8,000-$10,000 ), the Diana Dors wax bust from the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover ($50,000-$70,000), and a signed John Lennon and Yoko Ono calendar ($4,000-$6,000). Many other items from the Beatles will be offered during the event.

In addition, the auction will feature a copy of Couldn't Stand the Weather signed by Stevie Ray Vaughan ($600-$800), Alton Kelly–Mickey Hart “Rolling Thunder” Grateful Dead cover art ($8,000-$10,000), original figural art employed for the cover of Todd Rundgren's 1991 2nd Wind album ($100-$300), Johnny Cash's handwritten lyrics ($800-$1,200), a vinyl pressing of Led Zeppelin II with a cover signed by the band ($12,000-$14,000), a Kurt Cobain stage-worn shirt ($3,000-$5,000), Mick Jagger’s performance production files ($4,000-$6,000 ), Mile Davis Maxfield Custom leather motorcycle jacket ($5,000-$7,000) and the Godfather of Soul James Brown’s red sequined cape ($3,000-$5,000).

Icons & Idols: Rock n’ Roll Auction will be held at Julien’s Auctions' Beverly Hills gallery at 9665 Wilshire Boulevard.

Public exhibition for the auction will be held from Monday, November 3 through Friday, November 7, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

The auction begins at 10 a.m. on Friday, November 7 and Saturday, November 8.

Registration is required to bid and can be done in person at the exhibition and auction, or online before the sale at the

The four bidding methods offered are as follows:

1. Bid through Julien's Auctions Online Live in Real Time at

2. Place bids in the room by attending the auction.

3. Bid over the telephone, (310) 836-1818, through an auction house representative, who sits in the room and conveys the bid to the auctioneer.

4. Enter Absentee bids. Absentee bid forms are included in the back of each catalogue, and are also available by calling Julien's Auctions or online at