A single-owner collection of over 250 guitars and other instruments that filled a local music fan’s house is to be sold at Surrey auction house Ewbank’s in March.
The huge collection was built up over several years by John Parker of Chertsey, who lives in a semi-detached house on a quiet road in the town. It comprises professional drum kits, amps, violins, keyboards, alongside the immense guitar collection, and has been valued at between £10,000 and £15,000 in total by the team at Ewbank’s.
Alastair McCrea, partner at Ewbank’s, explained that Mr Parker’s house was so full that it was very difficult to get around for fear of damaging an instrument. The vendor is keen to sell the instruments, so all items in this collection are, unusually, being sold without reserve prices.
One of the most interesting guitars within the collection is expected to be an Epiphone Gibson Les Paul electric guitar which comes in a hard case, and carries a pre-sale estimate of between £200 and £400.
Other guitars of note include an Acepro double neck electric guitar, with stand, which has been valued at between £150 and £250; and a Gretsch G3100 acoustic guitar with case which has a pre-sale guide price of £80 and £120.
The instrument collection forms part of Ewbank’s larger “Entertainment, Memorabilia and Vintage Poster” sale on March 2nd.
Other highlights include an impressive autograph album which features a full set of signatures of all four member of The Beatles, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison. Opposite these signatures is a black and white photograph of The Beatles taken backstage in August 1963 during their six-night run at Bournemouth Gaumont Theatre. The photo was taken by Tom Mellor, the uncle of the vendor, who was chief lighting technician at the theatre in the 1960s.
The album also contains a set of Rolling Stones autographs, Billy J Kramer, The Dakotas, The Searchers, Dusty Springfield, and Cilla Black. It has been valued at between £2,000 and £4,000.
Robbie Williams’ fans have the opportunity to snap up the handwritten lyrics to ‘Deceiving Is Believing,’ a track which appeared on his 1998 hit single ‘No Regrets’. It is framed and glazed, measures 16 by 19 inches and has a pre-sale guide price of between £500 and £800. It has been consigned by a private collector.
A limited edition book “From Station To Station – Travels With Bowie 1973-1976” by Geoff MacCormack, which has been signed by Bowie (number 957 of 2000 printed by Genesis Publications, 2007) has been valued at between £200 and £400. It is a hardcover first edition, with magnetic cover, cloth bag and original box.
Fans of rock band Oasis have the chance to buy several items put on sale by a previous employee of frontman Noel Gallagher. These include the NME Award for Best Band, which Oasis won in 1995-96, the year in which Oasis scooped four awards at the ceremony. It’s been valued at between £300 and £500.
Three pairs of custom-made trousers by Farah, two for Noel (one navy and one black – both with stitched lettering to the inside ‘Custom made by FARAH for NOEL GALLAGHER’) and another black pair which were made for his ex-wife Meg Matthews (also stitched inside ‘Custom made by FARAH for MEG MATTHEWS’) have been valued at between £80 and £120.
Two pairs of shoes owned and worn by Noel Gallagher, one marked BW Sport 250 with handwritten phrases/words all over, and another pair of Duffer St. George shoes (size 40), have an estimate of between £80 and £120.