by Richard Bienstock
Any guitarists out there with an appetite for some Slash guitars and other goodies would be advised to check out the massive upcoming Slash auction, presented by Julien's Auction House. Included in the auction sale are some of the iconic guitarist’s famous instruments, memorabilia, vehicles and personal furniture and décor from his Hollywood Hills residence.
Highlights from the sale include guitars from Slash's fabled personal collection, including a one of a kind custom Stravinski Fender Stratocaster (Est: $3,000-5,000), the purple B.C. Rich Mockingbird shown here (Est: $2,000-4,000), and two versions of Slash's very own Gibson and Epiphone Slash Les Paul signature model guitars in Tobacco Sunburst (Est: $4,000-6,000).
Clothing and accessories highlights include a stage-worn Chrome Hearts leather top hat ($1,000-2,000), various custom Marc Vachon leather motorcycle jackets, including one decorated in a Velvet Revolver Libertad theme (Est $1,000-2,000), performance worn t-shirts from all phases of Slash's life and career (multiple lots, Est $600-800), and a leather Chrome Hearts suit (Est: $2,000-3,000), Ray-Ban large aviator sunglasses (Est $200-300), a custom Rockin' Couture Guns n' Roses belt (Est $300-500), and a custom skull and crossbones in a top-hat necklace (Est: $600-800)
Personal jewelry worn by Slash, one of the world's most recognizable rock performers, featured in this sale include a diamond encrusted guitar pendant (Est: $12,000-18,000), a Slash Guns n' Roses silver cuff (Est: 600-800), a sterling skull link necklace (Est $1,000-2,000), and a Cartier Roadstar wristwatch (Est: $4,000-6,000).
The auction will also feature the eclectic residential décor including a number of exotic Southeast Asian furniture items, such as the carved polychrome painted and gilded armoire (est. $400-600), as well as contemporary pieces including a pair of monumental red suede conversation sofas (Est: $3,000-4,000), accented by lots that also include a pair of silver and black beaded skull pillows (Est: $200-300). Other distinctive items offered in the sale include a Velvet Revolver Nolde Pottery Skull (Est: $400-600), an Asian-carved wooden cobra statue (Est: $400-600), and a large collection of model dinosaurs, some crafted by noted Paleo-sculptors Bob Morales and Michael Trcic, and a group featuring Pterodactyls (Est: $1000-2000).
Some of the items coming to the block tells the story of Slash's love of film, television and fast cars. Offered are items which include the bench from the "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" movie set (Est: $6,000-8,000), a "South Park" pinball machine (Est: $2,500-3,500), a 2007 Harley Davidson V-Rod VRSCAW twin racing street custom cruiser (Est: $8,000-10,000), and the star of the show, his 1966 Corvette equipped with a big block 427 cubic inch V-8 engine with 435 horsepower, 4-speed manual transmission (Est: $90,000-$100,000).
From his days in Guns n' Roses and Velvet Revolver and his most recent critically acclaimed solo album project Slash, the top-selling musician has left his mark on rock and roll. He's appeared on numerous television programs, continues to tour, is a playable character in the blockbuster Guitar Hero video game and has won accolades as the world's best guitarist repeatedly over the years. His collection, being offered in this exclusive auction, will give the world a once-in-a-lifetime glimpse into the often secret world of a rock star's life and travels and a portion of the proceeds benefits Los Angeles Youth Network in which Slash is very active.
The exhibition for the collection of Slash and Rock Legends for Julien's Auctions, Beverly Hills will be designed by Rush Jenkins and KlausBaer of WRJ Design Associates, who have designed exhibitions for The Collection of Michael Jackson, The Estate of Johnny Cash, The Collection of Cher and more recently The Collection of Barbra Streisand.
Free Public Exhibition:
9665 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 150
Beverly Hills, California 90210
Monday, March 7 – Friday, March 25
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Daily
9665 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, California 90210
Saturday, March 26
Rock Legends – Session I: 10:00 a.m. PST
The Collection of SLASH - Session II: 2:00 p.m. (P.S.T.)
Fans who attend the auction dressed as Slash will receive a free catalog.
Registering to Bid
Registration is required to bid in this live auction and can be done either in person at the exhibitions and auction or by visiting www.juliensauctions.com before the sale or by calling (310) 836-1818.
There are four ways to bid in this sale:
* Bid through Julien's Auctions online live in real time at www.juliensauctions.com
* Place bids in the room by attending the auction
* Bid over the telephone through an auction house representative, who sits in the room and conveys the bid to the auctioneer
* Enter absentee bids. Absentee bid forms are printed in the back of each catalogue, and are also available by calling Julien's Auctions at (310) 836-1818 or online at www.juliensauctions.com.