EWBANK’S – Surrey’s leading auction house – has an extraordinary single-owner collection of more than 200 guitars and other instruments going under the hammer on 2nd March, which forms part of a larger ‘Entertainment, Memorabilia and Vintage Poster’ sale.
The collection was built up over several years and comprises of professional drum kits, amps, violins, keyboards, alongside the immense guitar collection, and has been valued at £10,000-15,000. Alastair McCrea, a partner at Ewbank’s tells how the semi-detached house in Chertsey, Surrey, was so full that it was difficult to get around for fear of damaging an instrument!
One of the most interesting guitars within the collection is the Epiphone Gibson Les Paul electric guitar that comes in a hard case, and carries a pre-sale estimate of £200-400. Other guitars of note include an Acepro double neck electric guitar, with stand, which has been valued between £150-250; and a Gretsch G3100 acoustic guitar with case, which has a pre-sale guide price of £80-120. Other highlights include an impressive autograph album which features a full set of signatures of all four members of The Beatles, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison. Opposite these signatures is a black and white photograph of them 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 Spring eld, and Cilla Black. It has been valued at £2,000-4,000. A limited edition book From Station To Station – Travels With Bowie 1973-1976 by Geoff MacCormack, signed by Bowie (number 957 of 2,000 printed by Genesis Publications, 2007) has been valued at £200-400. It is a hard- cover first edition, with magnetic cover, cloth bag and original box.
If you’re an Oasis fan, listen up; here’s your chance to buy several items from front man Noel Gallagher. These include the ‘NME Award for Best Band’, valued at £300-500; three pairs of custom-made trousers by Farah, with stitched lettering to the inside ‘Custom made by FARAH for NOEL GALLAGHER’, and two pairs of shoes owned and worn by Noel, one marked BW Sport 250 with hand- written phrases/words all over them, and another pair of Duffer St. George shoes (size 40), which carry an estimate of £80-120.