If you’ve ever dreamed of owning a guitar played by Eric Clapton, George Benson or Eddie Van Halen, now’s your chance to get one — to the tune of several thousand dollars.
Guernsey’s is putting more than 300 electric and acoustic guitars up for bid in an auction that will take place Feb. 27 at Bohemian National Hall in Manhattan and online at liveauctioneers.com and invaluable.com. According to Arlan Ettinger, president of Guernsey’s, there are at least 10 items that he considers the crown jewels of the auction, including Van Halen’s yellow-and-black, custom-made 1982 Charvel guitar and Johnny Cash’s 1938 Larson Bros. Euphonon Dreadnought that he later gave to Bob Dylan.
There’s also this dynamic duo being sold together: the guitar that Robert Blake played in the 1967 movie “In Cold Blood,” as well as the actual instrument played by Perry Smith, the real-life killer he portrayed. “We estimate that the ‘In Cold Blood’ pair could go for anywhere from $150,000 to $200,000,” Ettinger says.
Not every item will be that pricey. Some guitars autographed by musicians have no minimum and are more likely to go for a few thousand dollars, he says.
The auction’s online catalog will be available on guernseys.com by Monday, Jan. 25.