Guitars belonging to Clapton and 'The King' among 900 items to hit auction block

16 November 2021 - 10:19 By Alicia Powell
Almost 1,000 items from some of the world's biggest music stars will go on auction this week. Stock image.
Almost 1,000 items from some of the world's biggest music stars will go on auction this week. Stock image.
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More than 900 items from some of the world's biggest music stars including Eric Clapton, Elvis Presley, Madonna and Michael Jackson are hitting the auction block in New York this week.

The top lot is an acoustic guitar Clapton, aka “Slowhand”, owned and played on stage during a 1970 concert in London.

The Martin guitar is expected to fetch $300,000 to $500,000 (approx. R4.6m to R7.6m) , said Martin Nolan, executive director of Julien's Auctions. The bidding on the guitar and other items will take place Friday and Saturday at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York and online.

A guitar played by Presley and given to Norman Taurog, who directed many of his films, could fetch up to $90,000 (about R1.4m). The auction also features a suit Madonna wore in the movie Evita valued up to $12,000 (R183,000).

Dresses worn by Amy Winehouse and Katy Perry are also up for grabs.

Several items from the rock band Nirvana and lead singer/guitarist Kurt Cobain are also included in the sale.

“We have a teenage photograph of Kurt Cobain, [it's] very rare you see a photograph of Kurt Cobain so young, tickets for concerts. Anything from Kurt Cobain is highly sought after,” Nolan said.

Reuters


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