Graham Nash/Duane Allman guitar rocks on at $591K

Duane Allman guitar

Duane Allman’s circa 1961/1962 Gibson SG solid body electric guitar, which was owned and played by Graham Nash of Crosby, Stills and Nash, sold for $591,000. Image courtesy Heritage Auctions, HA.com

DALLAS – Guitars that were owned, and in some cases also played, by the legendary Graham Nash were among the top attractions as Heritage Auctions’ Entertainment & Music Memorabilia auction totaled $1,934,237 on July 20-21.

Guitars owned and/or played by Nash accounted for 13 of the top 15 lots in the sale.

“Graham Nash is one of the greatest rock ’n’ roll guitarists of all time, and any instrument he played has immediate appeal to serious collectors,” said Garry Shrum, Heritage Auctions’ Entertainment & Music Memorabilia director. “But he also is a lifelong student of music and great musicians, so the fact that he recognizes and appreciates the greatness of other artists whose guitars he collected only adds to their inherent value.”

Some of the top guitars owned by Nash included:

Duane Allman’s circa 1961/1962 Gibson SG, cherry, solid body electric guitar, serial #15263, owned and played by Graham Nash, which Nash played after he acquired it, sparked a flurry of competitive bidding until it claimed top-lot honors when it sold for $591,000, more than twice its estimate. The guitar is the best-known instrument Allman played on the live recording of Statesboro Blues, the opening track of At Fillmore East. After Allman died in 1971, the guitar was given to one of his students, Gerry Groom, who sold it to a music store, the owner of which called Nash. It was the first guitar Nash acquired when he started his collection of other musicians’ guitars.

Arguably the most historically famous instrument in the collection, Graham Nash’s Woodstock 1969 Martin D-45 acoustic guitar, serial # 249131 sold for $162,500 on the 50th anniversary of the original Woodstock music festival. It was the group’s second performance with Neil Young, who later joined the group known as Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. Nash purchased the instrument using some of the money Crosby, Stills and Nash received from their first recording contract with Atlantic Records. Stills and Crosby bought similar instruments at the time (1969).

Multiple bidders pursued Graham Nash’s 1950 Fender Broadcaster butterscotch blonde solid body electric guitar, serial # 0628 until it closed at $40,000. The original Fender Broadcaster was restored by renowned luthier Clive Brown.

Other instruments owned and/or played by Nash included:

– Graham Nash ‘s 1954 Fender Stratocaster Sunburst solid body electric guitar, serial #1091: $36,250.

– Johnny Cash’s 1937 Martin 000-28 Natural acoustic guitar, serial #65756 owned and played by Graham Nash: $31,250.

– Willie Nelson’s acoustic guitar signed by Johnny Cash and others serial #222N owned and played by Graham Nash along with a bandana $27,500.