Peter Green’s Guitar and Lyrics Set For Auction
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British auctioneer Bonhams has announced the 150 guitars belonging to the late Fleetwood Mac guitarist Peter Green are up for sale starting at the price of $180.
Green passed away in 2020 at the age of 73 ending a racing career tinged with tragedy as he often struggled to cope with the trappings of fame. Despite that, he still became an inspiration to many other iconic guitarists, including Jimmy Page, David Gilmour, Kirk Hammett and Eric Clapton.
Notable items in the Peter Green Collection auction include his handwritten lyrics to the song “Man of the World” (1969), which is expected to sell for $8,000 up to $72,000. Along with that are personal sketches, amplifiers, pedals and more. Bonhams’ director Katherine Schofield stated:
“Peter Green was one of the greatest guitarists. Even when out of the limelight, the tributes paid to his playing throughout his lifetime continued to highlight his reputation and the esteem his fellow artists held him in. This sale is a celebration of his love for the guitar, with a number of different makes and models, for enthusiasts and career musicians. With estimates starting at the accessible price point of £150, this is a unique opportunity to own a piece of Peter Green’s legacy.”
The Peter Green Estate added:
“Peter’s contribution to the blues and rock music genres as a brilliant musician, guitarist, songwriter and vocalist is well established worldwide. … His guitar playing was original and unique. B.B. King said Peter had the sweetest tone he’d ever heard: ‘He was the only one that gave me the cold sweats.’ We hope that Peter’s guitars and other items included in the auction will be of great interest to his fans and find good homes.”
The auction will run starting June 16 until 28 via the Bonhams website. The full list of items will be announced later on. In the meantime, the crowd can get a glimpse of some of these guitars on the display at the Guitar Show in Birmingham, England on February 25 and 26.