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Invaluable Announces Online Bidding on Rare Guitars at Auction, Including Instruments Owned by Stevie Ray Vaughn, Eddie Van Halen, Richie Sambora, Eric Clapton & More

Incredible Assemblage of Collectible Guitars Going Under the Hammer on February 27, 2016

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016 12:25 pm EST

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"With pieces owned by iconic musicians including Eddie Van Halen, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton and others, it is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to bid in this type of sale."

Invaluable, the world’s leading marketplace for fine art, antiques and collectibles, and Guernsey’s, the New York City-based auction house, announced that Invaluable is offering online bidding on Guernsey’s upcoming Guitars at Auction sale, featuring a diverse assemblage of rare and famous collectible guitars. The auction will take place on February 27, 2016, starting at 2:00pm EST. Bidders can view the full catalog on Invaluable, and bid live online in real-time during auction on Invaluable.com or through the company’s mobile app.

The auction will feature more than 200 lots, which are roughly divided equally between fine acoustic instruments dating as far back as 1880 right through beautiful, recently-made examples, along with sensational electric guitars associated with well-known musicians. The auction also includes pieces from several private collections, including approximately 20 instruments coming directly from the great guitarist George Benson.

Headlining the auction is a 1966-67 Fender Stratocaster owned and signed by Stevie Ray Vaughan (estimated at $250,000 - $500,000), along with a 1982 Charvel guitar owned by Eddie Van Halen (estimated at $55,000 - $75,000). The sale also features a 1952 Gibson Custom Super 400CES 7-String (estimated at $60,000 - $70,000), which was produced for legendary studio musician Tony Mottola, who worked extensively with Frank Sinatra, and a custom Flying V '59 Korina, which was played extensively by Richie Sambora of Bon Jovi between 2002 and 2005 (estimated at $5,000 - $10,000).

One of the most unusual offerings in the sale is the "In Cold Blood" pair of guitars (estimated at $125,000 - $175,000).  Those who recall the legendary Truman Capote book and movie will remember that Perry Smith, the much-analyzed killer, toted his guitar everywhere. This single lot contains both the instrument used by Robert Blake playing the role of Smith in the Academy Award-winning film, and the actual guitar used by the real-life killer.

“This is by far one of the most exciting collections of rare and famous guitars ever offered on our platform, and I know our bidders will be thrilled to have access to this incredible selection of instruments,” said Rob Weisberg, Invaluable CEO. “With pieces owned by iconic musicians including Eddie Van Halen, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton and others, it is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to bid in this type of sale.”

Exceptional additions are being added to the auction daily as people across the nation are hearing about the event. Recent additions to the sale include a 1931 Rickenbacker (estimated at $15,000 - $20,000), which is believed to be one of the earliest electric guitars ever created. It was given by Mr. Rickenbacker to the grandfather of its current owner, and has been in the same family's hands for eighty five years. Another addition is Billy Bauer's 1953 D'Angelico Excel (estimated at $60,000 - $80,000). Bauer was one of the most accomplished jazz guitarists in mid-20th century American and played with Louis Armstrong, Peggy Lee and many other greats. Like the Rickenbacker, the D'Angelico has been consigned by the Bauer family. 

For more information and to register for online bidding, please visit www.Invaluable.com.

About Invaluable

Invaluable, a leading online live auction marketplace, features a live online bidding platform that allows collectors and dealers to bid in real-time in auctions held around the world. As the leading developer of SaaS and e-commerce applications for the auction industry, Invaluable provides auction houses with e-commerce and marketing solutions, as well as auction management software. Invaluable’s best-in-class historical price database includes more than 58 million complete auction results, totaling more than $204 billion in value. Founded in 1989 and headquartered in Boston, Invaluable also has an office in the United Kingdom. For more information, visit www.Invaluable.com or follow us on Twitter: @InvaluableLive.

About Guernsey’s

In its fortieth year, Guernsey's has built a reputation as the auction house known for representing the most extraordinary properties. From the largest auction in history (the ocean liner S.S. United States) to vintage racing cars on to artwork from the Soviet Union, pre-Castro Cuban cigars and the $3 million baseball, the firm has few rivals when it comes to the presentation of wildly diverse artwork and artifacts. The John F. Kennedy, Franklin Roosevelt, Princess Diana, Elvis Presley, Jerry Garcia, John Coltrane, Dick Clark, Mickey Mantle and the Beatles events were all conducted by Guernsey's. Guernsey’s is particularly proud of its work with the Library of Congress in the preservation of the complete Rosa Parks Archive. In the midst of its series devoted to the legendary, Holocaust-related poster collection of Dr. Hans Sachs, other upcoming sales in 2015 include the Urban Archaeology Collection, Historic Artifacts from the Kennedy White House, Atocha Undersea Treasures, and a remarkable, recently-discovered work by Pablo Picasso.

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Invaluable is offering online bidding on Guernsey’s upcoming Guitars at Auction sale, featuring a diverse assemblage of rare and famous collectible guitars on Feb. 27, 2016.

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