Guitars used by Prince/Bill Wyman/Brian Jones will be unveiled at auction

According tomedia New Atlas, only eight guitars have sold for more than $1 million at auction, four of which sold last year, and another 20 sold for more than $200,000, making them in the top 100. New Atlas expects a handful of guitars to be sold for more than $1 million in the coming months.

Guitars used by Prince/Bill Wyman/Brian Jones will be unveiled at auction

Over the next few months, guitars used by Kurt Cobain, Prince and the Rolling Stones’ Bill Wyman and Brian Jones will all be on display at auction, and if they reach the starting price, they will almost certainly make it into the top 100 most valuable guitars.

Prince’s Cloud2 Blue Angel “Purple Rain”

Guitars used by Prince/Bill Wyman/Brian Jones will be unveiled at auction

After news broke that the guitar would be auctioned, auctioneer Julien’s Auctions contacted John Woodland, who works in the protection of Prince’s guitar and has been searching for the legendary “Blue Angel” guitar. Woodland is currently working with Gerald Ronning, a former employee of Knut Koupe?Music, to study and write a book on all original Cloud guitars. After Woodland confirmed some of the guitar’s retrofits, Julien began to look out for whether it was indeed a long-lost Cloud2 guitar.

Guitars used by Prince/Bill Wyman/Brian Jones will be unveiled at auction

After discussions with Woodland, Hollywood-based Julien’s Auctions used Westside Medical Imaging in Beverly Hills to perform a series of CT scans of Prince’s guitar to see the details of the guitar’s surface. When prince’s blue Cloud’s full history was identified when the investigation was completed, its valuation changed from $100,000 to $600,000, and it could easily have risen to a higher price, which has been featured in many of Prince’s famous shows.

Guitars used by Prince/Bill Wyman/Brian Jones will be unveiled at auction

Between 1984 and 1993, he used it on Prince’s tours, such as Purple Rain (1984-1985), The Parade Tour (1986), Sign o’time (1987), Lovesexy (1988-1989), and Diamonds Pearls (1992), Saturday, Saturday Live’s 15th Anniversary Special, 1991 MTV Video Music Awards (September 24, 1989). A 20-minute performance on the Arsenio Hall Show in 1991 included music videos for “Let’s Go Crazy,” “Cream” and “Purple Rain,” “Get Off” and “Cream”, as well as film posters on the cover of Spin magazine (September 1991) and the 1987 music documentary “Sign o’ The Times.”

Guitars used by Prince/Bill Wyman/Brian Jones will be unveiled at auction

This guitar was originally white, after many painting and polish, there are peach, light blue, yellow, and then white, only now blue. Upon examination, it was found that the previous color matching of the guitar was like this, which proves that the guitar was the centerpiece of Prince’s work for a decade.

The value of a guitar is largely determined by the company it keeps. Even heirloom-grade guitars, not many guitars can squeeze into the top 100 in history without an amazing origin. The other 90 guitars come from one or more guitar gods. As a result, Prince’s guitar could be one of the few guitars that cost more than $1 million.

Kurt Cobain’s MTV unplugged Martin D-18

Guitars used by Prince/Bill Wyman/Brian Jones will be unveiled at auction

Guitars used by Prince/Bill Wyman/Brian Jones will be unveiled at auction

Guitars used by Prince/Bill Wyman/Brian Jones will be unveiled at auction

Kurt Cobain’s MTV unplugged Martin D-18 is almost certainly worth well above the million-dollar mark, with an official estimate of between $1 million and $2 million. If it reaches a starting price, it will be one of the 10 most valuable guitars ever sold. If it’s valued at a high price, it’ll be worth second only to Dave Gilmour’s Black Strat, whose guitar is known as “The Ute Numb.”

Guitars used by Prince/Bill Wyman/Brian Jones will be unveiled at auction

Kurt Cobain’s MTV Unplugged is one of the most watched and acclaimed solo performances of all time. On November 18, 1993, five months before his death, Cobain played the 1959 Martin D-18E, which became Nirvana’s most important public performance. Cobain’s proficiency in using the guitar that day was obvious.

Nirvana’s version of the song, which aired on MTV’s Unplugged show, has since become a popular version of the song by fans: “About A Girl,” “All Apologies,” “Come As Are,” “Dumb”, as well as David Bowie’s “The Man Who Sold the World” and The Meat Puppets’ “Lake of Fire,” and Lead Belly’s “Black Girl” (renamed “Where Did You Sleep Last Night”).

MTV Unplugged topped the Billboard charts for the first time in the US and has been in the top 10 for live albums. Nirvana’s impeccable vocal and vocal performances pushed the MTV Unplugged in New York album to multi-platinum certification and won the Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album in 1996.

The guitar, the 7th of Martin’s only 302 D-18Es, was customized by Cobain, who added a Bartolini pickup to the soundhole. In addition, the sale of Giorgio was accompanied by a original hard-shell guitar box decorated by Cobain, complete with a flyer for the punk rock band Poison Idea’s 1990 album Feel The Darkness. The handle of the box was covered with three suitcases and an Alaska Airlines sticker. The box’s storage also contained Cobain’s half-pack of Martin guitar strings, three guitar pickaxes, and his fur “book bag” adorned with a miniature silver spoon, fork and knife.

Bill Wyman Collection

Guitars used by Prince/Bill Wyman/Brian Jones will be unveiled at auction

Bill Wyman, who was a bassist for the Rolling Stones from 1962 to 1993, and unlike many of his contemporaries, Wyman will collect a large collection of memorabilia at Julien’s auction on September 13, 2020. The auction was originally scheduled for May, but was postponed due to the impact of the coronavirus-19 pandemic.

As described in the 2019 documentary “Quiet One” about Wyman’s life and career, the archive also includes a large amount of property, including never-before-seen archival materials, equipment, treasures, merchandise, promotional materials, art productions, photographs, letters, concert posters, records and other memorabilia.

“Collecting and filing is one of the greatest pleasures of my life and will undoubtedly be one of my legacies. Bill Wyman said. “Now it feels like it’s time to share my file with the world. I want people to be as happy from my collection as I am. “

“Knowing that some of the proceeds from this auction will be used to support three causes that are relevant to me makes it easier for me to release them. Prince’s Trust, Macmillan Cancer Support and CCMI and the Central Caribbean Institute of Oceanography (CCMI) are at the forefront of restoring the world’s coral reefand and marine health. “

Brian Jones’s last guitar with the Rolling Stones

Guitars used by Prince/Bill Wyman/Brian Jones will be unveiled at auction

Brian Jones’s guitar rarely appears at auction, with the exception of his 1960 Harmony Stratotone guitar, which was sold at Christie’s in 2009. The guitar sold for 79,250 pounds ($130,824), when it was much cheaper than it is now.

Jones’ 1968 Les Paul Gibson golden-top guitar and box were valued at between $200,000 and $300,000, but if it’s Brian Jones’s guitar used in the Rolling Stones’ Rock and Roll Circus on December 11, 1968, it could well mean a bit of a stake because it was Brian Jones’s last performance with the Rolling Stones. About seven months later, he drowned in his swimming pool because he was drunk.

Bill Wyman’s Fender Competition Orange Mustang Bass

Guitars used by Prince/Bill Wyman/Brian Jones will be unveiled at auction

Julien’s Auctions, 12 and 13 September 2020

Estimated auction price: $300,000 to $500,000

Auction note: Fender introduced the short-pitched Mustang bass in 1966. This is the last bass that Leo Fender designed before he left the company. In 1969, Fender introduced The Competition Mustang Bass, which added a special “race” finish to the piano with racing stripes. Wyman’s Mustang Bass features a red racing stripe with “Race Orange” finish, fender color no. 510. This 30-inch Mustang bass violin features a red medle body, maple clog neck, a dot-set on the finger board, a chrome-plated bridge strap that adjusts the string mute, a black Mustang split-shaped pickup mounted on a white pear-shaped pickup, an input jack and a single volume and tone knob mounted on a chrome-plated panel. The string button is moved to the short position, making it more comfortable for Bill to play the bass cello with a string band. Served with the original Fender Mustang box. In 1969 and 1970, Bill Wyman used the bass in Rolling Stones concerts and recordings. The bass was exhibited at the 2010 O2 Arena Rock Show.

Brian Jones 1968 Les Paul Gibson Gold Top Guitar and Box

Guitars used by Prince/Bill Wyman/Brian Jones will be unveiled at auction

Julien’s Auctions, 12 and 13 September 2020

Estimated auction price: $200,000 to $300,000

Auction Note: 1968 Gibson Les Paul GoldTop Series No. 505542. This 1968 guitar is the first year gibson has reintroduced the 1956 Les Paul Gold Top remake. Its maple top has a gold finish and a natural wood finish with a back and neck. The finger plate has a crown-shaped mosaic and the serial number is printed on the wood on the back of the front nail. The guitar is made from a 1950s narrow piano head and a side Kluson Deluxe tuner, a chrome-alloyed bridge, a block, two cream-colored P-90 pickup three-way dial switches, and gold volume and tone knobs. The original input jack has been changed and an additional belt button is installed on the back of the body. The finishised part is slightly squared and has a slight wood pattern around the heel of the neck. Brian Jones used the guitar and vintage box in the Rolling Stones’ “Rock and Roll Circus” in December 1969 and in the recording. The Tucky Buzzard band was also used briefly.

Travis Bean Custom Short Scale Bass by Bill Wyman

Guitars used by Prince/Bill Wyman/Brian Jones will be unveiled at auction

Julien’s Auctions, 12 and 13 September 2020

Estimated auction price: $200,000 to $300,000

Auction Note: 1978 Travis Bean Custom Short Scale Bass No. 892. This bass was tailored for Bill Wyman in 1978 and is engraved with “Bill Wyman’s 10-2-78 – Travis Bean” on the back. It features a double-cut Koa piano system with a natural finish, an aluminum neck with a rosewood fingerboard, nineteen characters, two Travis Bean bass pickups, each with volume and tone knobs, and a three-way tok switch. Clifford Travis Bean, a California mechanic and drummer, patented innovative designs for guitars and bass escobar-based machined aluminum necks. In 1974, he co-produced Travis Bean guitars with Gary Kramer and Marc McElwee, and established a factory in Sun Valley, California. The bass also installed an additional strap button to make it more comfortable for Bill to use his guitar strap. Bill Wyman used the bass for the Rolling Stones’ recording, video and touring in the 1978s and 1980s.

Dan Armstrong Prototype Gold Bass by Bill Wyman

Guitars used by Prince/Bill Wyman/Brian Jones will be unveiled at auction

Julien’s Auctions, 12 and 13 September 2020

Estimated auction price: $100,000 to $200,000

Auction Note: Dan Armstrong Prototype Bass in 1974. This prototype bass (originally woodtrim) is made of a unique body shape, completely different from the subsequent production model. The fingerboard has a thumbnail inlay on the upper bass side of the bass violin, and has a two-sided Schaller tuner and Dan Armstrong name on the head frame (the production model also has a screen printed on the head of the “London”). The bass is equipped with aluminum surround upper string/bridge, anode alumina shield, a removable single Dan Armstrong humbucking bass pickup, and a single volume and tone knob. Bill Wyman told the prototype Dan Armstrong in 1978: “I’ve used Dan Armstrong on stage since 1975. The first is plexiglass, which weighs very heavily. We came up with the idea of reducing its weight, such as drilling holes and keeping it strong. Armstrong concluded: ‘Well, why don’t I give you a wooden one? ‘So he left, three or four months later and said, Give it a try. Very good. The bass also installed additional strap buttons to make it more comfortable for Bill to use his guitar strap. Bill Wyman used the bass on May 1, 1975, when the Rolling Stones performed on a flatbed truck on New York’s Fifth Avenue and on the Rolling Stones’ 1975-76 tour. The bass was later painted gold for Bill Wyman’s solo video shoot and performed in Wyman’s 1981 hit single “Si Si Je Suis Un Rock Star.”

Bill Wyman’s Teinberger Short-Scale XL Collection Bass, Black Paint

Guitars used by Prince/Bill Wyman/Brian Jones will be unveiled at auction

Julien’s Auctions, 12 and 13 September 2020

Estimated auction price: $100,000 to $200,000

Auction Note: 1981 Steinberger Custom Black Short Scale XL Series Bass. This is a special bass made for Bill Wyman by Alan Rogan’s arrangement, which was made in a short time. The Steinberger L series bass is made of 24 characters. Bill’s Custom Steinberger eliminated the last two characters, so there were only 22. The Steinberger XL collection of bass, designed and manufactured by ned Steinberger by the prestigious American Designers Association, was manufactured by STEINBERGER BLEND. The bass is equipped with an EMG pickup and an electronic device with a unique Steinberger sound bridge tail. Bass includes its original road flight box and Rolling Stones Tattoo You Tour’s guitar straps. Bill Wyman used the bass at the 1988 A.I.M.S. concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London and the 1982 Rolling Stones tour.

Bill Wyman’s 1960s Framus Star Bass model 5/150

Guitars used by Prince/Bill Wyman/Brian Jones will be unveiled at auction

Julien’s Auctions, 12 and 13 September 2020

Estimated auction price: $80,000 to $100,000

Auction Note: This large hollow bass is made of laminated wooden sharp cut corners with an arc on the top and back. Inside one of the two “F” holes is the factory label, which lists the 5/150 model and serial number. The bass layer is stacked with a natural finished neck with a bound mahogany fingerboard, dot-shaped inlays, zero marks, two original tuners on the side and the “Framus” logo on the head of the piano. The bass is equipped with two sound pickers and electronic devices, all of which are mounted on a metallic black paint shield with the white “Framus” logo. It features adjustable eucalyptus bridges and non-carved “Star-Bass” strings. Bill Wyman used the bass with the Rolling Stones at concerts and recording sessions from 1963 to 1965. The bass was also shown in the Rolling Stones.

1965 VOX ‘Wyman Bass’ Model Teardrop Bass Guitar

Guitars used by Prince/Bill Wyman/Brian Jones will be unveiled at auction

Julien’s Auctions, 12 and 13 September 2020

Estimated auction price: $40,000 to $60,000

Auction Note: This VOX “Wyman Bass” features a drop-shaped flame maple hollow body with a sunrise-print finish and stylized Vox-hole, adjustable metal bridge/tail frame, two control knobs, a toggle switch and an input jack. The bass is equipped with a natural maple clog neck and a mahogany fingerboard with inlays. The spindle box is marked “Wyman Bass”. Bill Wyman used the bass during the Rolling Stones touring and recording from 1966 to 1968.

Bill Wyman’s 1962 VOX AC30 ‘Normal’ Model Amplifier

Guitars used by Prince/Bill Wyman/Brian Jones will be unveiled at auction

Julien’s Auctions, 12 and 13 September 2020

Estimated auction price: $80,000 to $100,000

Description of the auction. This 1962 VOX AC30 ‘Normal’ amplifier (serial number 5048N) was manufactured at the Jennings Dartford Road plant in February 1962. The amplifier features a yellow-brown Rexine-colored coverage, with a copper control plate brown and no Top Boost circuit. The 30-watt tube amplifier comes with a pair of Celestion 12-inch blue T.530 speakers. The original two leather side handles were replaced with a pair of VOX SBU handles. The sticker inside the amplifier shows that the amplifier was repaired by Alan Pyne at 119 Dartford Road. This very important and historic device was one of the reasons Bill Wyman was invited to join the Rolling Stones.