Gary Moore, Bonhams Auction - June 2017

Thursday, 13 April 2017 00:00


Guitars owned by ‘one of the greatest blues players of all time’ to be offered by Bonhams

A group of guitars and vintage amps from the private collection of the late Gary Moore will be offered at Bonhams Entertainment Memorabilia sale at their Knightsbridge saleroom on 28 June 2017.

Born in Belfast in 1952, Moore was best known for his million selling album, "Still got the Blues" in 1990, and the evocative 1978 hit single "Parisienne Walkways" As well as being one of the guitarist’s in the classic rock band Thin Lizzy, and as part of the line up for Colosseum II and (the original) Skid Row.

A highly skilled musician with a diverse repertoire ranging from hard rock to jazz, Moore’s talents were acknowledged after his passing by Sir Bob Geldof, who described him as ‘one of the greatest blues players of all time,’ adding that ‘we won’t see his like again.’ The singer, songwriter and guitarist would have been 65, on April 4th.

The sale comprises of a selection of lots from his extensive collection of instruments and accessories, with estimates ranging from £600 to £6,000. Leading the collection for the amps is a Marshall 1962 LTD ETD Jaguar 2 x 12” (£5,000-6,000) and for the guitars, a selection of acoustics from Northern Irish builder George Lowden. (£1,500-2,500)

Also appearing in the collection are a 1982 Fender ’57 Reissue Stratocaster (£3,000-3,500) featured on the ‘Live at Montreux, 1997’ DVD and CD, also seen in the promo video for the hit single “Out in the Fields” 1985, alongside Gary’s old Thin Lizzy band mate, the late Phil Lynott. Also an extremely rare Gibson Gary Moore/Dark Fire prototype model, (£3,000-5,000) possibly the only one in the world, among a selection of other well documented items.

Stephen Maycock, the consultant for Bonhams Entertainment Memorabilia department said of the upcoming sale: ‘Following the 100% sales success in 2016 of items from the legendary guitarist's collection, we are delighted to be offering over 20 more guitars and amps, showing Gary's constant search for different sounds and tones in his music.'

The sale will also feature a huge variety of memorabilia documenting the history of rock and pop throughout the ages, including signed posters, personal letters, stage costumes and drums.

View the online catalogue: HERE