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Signed guitar leads Tom Petty collection to auction Feb. 6

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Sunburst California electric guitar signed ‘Tom Petty, Austin City Limits.’  Estimate: $600-$700. Jasper52 image

NEW YORK – A guitar autographed by Tom Petty is the lead item in a collection of rock ’n’ roll memorabilia devoted to the late frontman of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, which will be offered in a Jasper52 online auction on Tuesday, Feb. 6. Absentee and Internet bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

Petty signed the Sunburst California electric guitar on Sept. 17, 2006, when the Heartbreakers were the headline act for an Austin City Limits concert in Austin, Texas. The guitar is signed, “Tom Petty, Austin City Limits.” It may be the only guitar he signed at the event in this manner, with the specific addition of the words “Austin City Limits.” The instrument is new, unused and has a new case. It comes with two certificates of authenticity.

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Close-up view of the Tom Petty signature on the guitar. Jasper52 image

The collection, which numbers a baker’s dozen, also includes a scarce music store point-of-purchase standup display promoting Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ sixth album, Southern Accents, which was released in 1985 through MCA Records. The display depicts the album cover, which features an 1865 Winslow Homer painting, topped by a die-cut head-and-shoulders picture of Petty wearing a black jacket and dark sunglasses.

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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers ‘Southern Accents,’ store display, 22 in x 12in. Estimate:
$75-$100. Jasper52 image

Also included in the collection are:

  • a Tom Petty-signed T-shirt from the band’s Dogs With Wings tour (1995);
  • a black cotton crew jacket/hoodie with “Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers” emblem on the back along with “Quality Rock ’n’ Roll since 1976. North American Tour 2008” and “Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers World Famous Road Crew ” on the front;
  • Two Tom Petty-signed albums (Full Moon Fever and Listen to Her Heart);
  • Six souvenir Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers tour books.

Tom Petty died Oct. 2, 2017, of an accidental overdose of prescription pain medication. He was 66.

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