Eddie Van Halen, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton Lead Guitar Auction

A number of rare items from legendary guitarists, including Eddie Van Halen, Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton, are to be auction this coming week by Guernsey's in New York City.

The auction, billed as "one of the largest of the year of music-related items" will feature over 225 guitars and instruments from legendary musicians and will be taking place on February 27th at Bohemian National Hall (321 East 73rd) and online at both liveauctioneers.com and invaluable.com

One of the big ticket items is a Van Halen-Owned 1982 Charvel Van Halen Model which is estimated to bring in between $60,000 - $80,000 and is described as follows:

"This guitar comes complete with its original Bill of Sale from Charvel/Jackson to Eddie Van Halen dated April 28, 1982. The lot also includes a video of an interview Eddie gave for television show Entertainment Tonight in 1982, which shows Eddie playing a guitar with an identical stripe pattern as this guitar. Each Charvel 'Van Halen Model' guitar had a unique striping pattern, so this video proves that Ed owned and played this guitar."

Other notable items include four guitars associated with Eric Clapton (two are signed); Jimi Hendrix's guitar strap from Woodstock; A 1952 Gibson Super 400 CES 7-string made for late studio guitarist Tony Mottola; Two "In Cold Blood" guitars, one used in the 1967 Academy Award-winning movie based on the blockbuster book by Truman Capote, and the other owned by the actual murderer Perry Smith; and A 1959 Gibson owned by Franny Beecher.

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