Thursday, July 17, 2008

The James Brown Collection

Christie’s auction house will be offering the James Brown Collection on July 17th, which includes items from the Godfather of Soul’s legendary life and career. We’re mostly interested in the musical instruments and record collections and awards, but this sale also features personal and stage clothing, jewelery, furniture and home decor.

Some of the more interesting pieces are the guitars. There’s several electric bass guitars and a beautiful Epiphone acoustic autographed for Brown’s birthday, with signatures from Casey Kasem and Ozzy Osbourne. There’s also an acoustic Vox guitar with case, a Yamaha baby grand piano, and a Hammond organ with Leslie speaker.

Estimated selling prices for the instruments range from $300 up to $30,000 as follows:

Casiotone Miniature Keyboard $300-$500

Hammond B-3 Organ & Leslie Speaker Cabinet $10,000 - $15,000

Hammond Harmonica in the key of E $200-$300

Harmonics Trek II Electric Organ & speaker cabinet (personalized in black vinyl) $20,000 - $30,000

Casiotone 403 Keyboard $300-$500

Gibson Casino Miniature Wooden Guitar (numbered, in case, from Rock & Roll Hall of Fame) $100 - $200

Epiphone Bass Guitar & Case $2000 - $3000

Fresher wood-grain Bass Guitar & Case (looks very much like a Fender Jazz Bass) $2000 - $3000

A hand tambourine with leather handle $300 - $500

Moog Electric Keyboard with amp & case $2,000 - $3,000

Yamaha Baby Grand Piano $15,000 - $20,000

Vox acoustic guitar $3000 - $4000

Record and music awards are numerous, with the grand prize being a Grammy Award going for $15,000 to $20,000. Brown’s stereo and record collection are also up for grabs, an interesting mix of LP’s and singles. There is ALOT of clothing, especially his famous suits and capes, including the well known GFOS, Godfather Of Soul, and Sex Machine brands.