Julien’s announces Rock ’n’ Roll auction headliners

Albert King’s Flying V Gibson guitar, Bob Marley’s Ovation guitar and Jimi Hendrix’s Fender Stratocaster will be among the top lots in the auction. Julien’s image

LOS ANGELES – Julien’s Auctions has announced the marquee headliners of Icons & Idols Trilogy: Rock ’n’ Roll, the annual music extravaganza, on Dec. 1-2. Nearly 900 items join the previously announced all-star lineup of artifacts and memorabilia owned and used by some of the world’s greatest music artists including Eddie Van Halen, Kurt Cobain, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Aerosmith and more.

A spectacular collection from one of the founders of rock ’n’ roll – the one and only Little Richard – will dazzle the auction stage at this year’s two-day event. Born Richard Wayne Penniman on Dec. 5, 1932, in Macon, Georgia, the pioneering pianist and singer was one of the original inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 and in 1993 received a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award. He died at the age of 87 this year on May 9. Some of Little Richard’s most flamboyant and show-stopping ensembles will be offered in this sale.

Another highly anticipated item is a rare guitar owned and played by Bob Marley. This is the first guitar by the reggae icon ever to come to auction. Marley’s 1975 Ovation 1612-4 Custom Balladeer acoustic electric guitar with a natural spruce top and shallow back and ebony fingerboard with diamond inlays is estimated to sell between $80,000 and $100,000.

Headlining on the auction marquee are two exceptional guitars owned and played by one of the most influential guitarists of all time, Jimi Hendrix. One of Hendrix’s favored left-handed Fender Stratocasters that he kept and played in New York will electrify the auction stage. The guitar with Olympic White finish, serial number 273639 to the neck plate, indicates a build date of 1969 and has an alder body, maple neck and is estimated to sell at $300,000-$500,000. The other, owned and played by Hendrix, is a circa late 1960s Wm. C. Stahl Style 8 acoustic guitar by the Larson Brothers with a natural finish, spruce top, Brazilian rosewood sides and back, mahogany neck with ebony fingerboard, and abalone trim. The guitar is estimated to sell at $200,000-$500,000.

One of the Three Kings of Blues, Albert King’s 1967 Gibson Flying V Guitar will burn the auction stage and is the first guitar of King’s ever to come to auction. This was his main guitar for both studio work and live performances circa 1967-1972 and used on his finest recordings, Born Under a Bad Sign, I’ll Play the Blues for You and on the albums Blues Masters: The Very Best of Albert King in 1999 and The Very Best of Albert King in 2007, where it appears on the covers. The guitar signed “Love / you / Albert King” was given to the blues legend by Gibson to replace his first Flying V, named “Lucy” that was lost. King was a huge musical influence on Eric Clapton, Mike Bloomfield, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix, who like King was left-handed but played right-handed guitars upside down. Items from the Estate of Albert King rarely come to auction and this spectacular blues artifact is estimated to sell at $300,000-$500,000.

For more information contact Julien’s Auctions at info@juliensauctions.com or 310-836-1818.