Eric Clapton, Elvis Presley’s guitars hit at auction

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A Martin D-45 acoustic guitar, previously owned and played on stage by Eric Clapton, is on display at the media preview of Julien’s Auctions and Public Exhibition at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square in New York City, United States, Nov.15 2021. REUTERS / Shannon Stapleton

NEW YORK – Over 900 items from some of the world’s biggest music stars, including Eric Clapton, Elvis Presley, Madonna and Michael Jackson, are going up for auction in New York this week.

The top lot is an acoustic guitar owned by Clapton and played on stage at a 1970 concert in London.

The Martin guitar is expected to make $ 300,000 to $ 500,000, said Martin Nolan, executive director of Julien’s Auctions. The auction for the guitar and other items will take place on Friday and Saturday at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York and online.

A guitar played by Presley and given to Norman Taurog, who has directed many of his films, could fetch up to $ 90,000. The auction also includes a dress worn by Madonna in the movie “Evita” which is valued at up to $ 12,000.

Also up for grabs are the dresses worn by Amy Winehouse and Katy Perry.

Elements that are part of the highlights of the icons;  Auctions of Rock 'N' Roll Julien can be seen during the media preview at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square in New York City, United States, November 15, 2021.REUTERS / Shannon Stapleton
Elements that are part of the highlights of the icons; Auctions of Rock ‘N’ Roll Julien can be seen during the media preview at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square in New York City, United States, November 15, 2021.REUTERS / Shannon Stapleton

Also included in the sale are several items by rock band Nirvana and lead Kurt Cobain.

“We have a teenage photograph of Kurt Cobain, very rare to see a photograph of Kurt Cobain so young, concert tickets. Anything from Kurt Cobain is highly sought after, ”Nolan said.

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