Imagine having a guitar signed by more than 75 rock stars, including founding members of The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Beach Boys, Led Zeppelin and Queen. That rare item is a Buddy Holly limited- edition acoustic guitar that is going up for auction at a minimum bid of $50,000, but will no doubt end up selling for many times that amount. The auction ends Aug. 16 at 11 p.m. ET.
According to Rolling Stone, among those who have autographed the guitar are Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, Keith Richards, Robert Plant, Brian May, Peter Frampton, Brian Wilson, Graham Nash, Donovan, Elvis Costello, Don Everly, Dave Stewart (of Eurthymics fame) and Dion. It's probably the only item in the world that has the signatures of all of these influential musicians on the same item. Most of these musicians are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but not even the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has a guitar like this one. This acoustic guitar is crafted in the style of Buddy Holly's beloved Gibson J-45 on which he wrote or co-wrote so many of his iconic songs. According to an auction description the guitar "features a tiger-stripe pickguard, and includes a tooled-leather guitar cover made by Judy Edwards (wife of late guitar legend Nokie Edwards) mimicking the one used by Holly on his Gibson, and a black hard case with red plush lining."
Heritage Auctions is handling the sale, which is part of an auction lot that will benefit UCLA Health and Teen Cancer America, the non-profit charity founded by The Who members Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend.
Other items in the auction include:
The Who customized Scomati scooter, a Turismo Technica 125 that was created in collaboration with The Who.