David Bowie's Armstrong guitar valued at $41,000 in Paris

A David Bowie-signed Dan Armstrong guitar is expected to see strong bids on November 7 in Paris, as the lead lot in Artcurial's It's Only Rock 'N' Roll auction.

David Bowie signed guitar
The guitar was used by Bowie to write songs for the Station to Station album

The sale is reported to be the first of its kind in France, and certainly the first from Artcurial. Among 350 lots of costumes, art, photographs and memorabilia celebrating rock culture, the Bowie-signed guitar is valued at $27,350-41,025.

The guitar was signed by David Bowie in 1991, with "Bowie 91" written in black marker on the body. Bowie explains in an accompanying letter: "I've had this Dan Armstrong guitar since the early 70s. I wrote most of the songs for Station to Station on it. Happy playing!"

Also included is a further signed photograph of Bowie with the guitar.

Dan Armstrong is a highly respected guitar maker, who began producing his own custom models following his work for the Ampeg Company. His guitars were particularly favoured by the top rock musicians of the 1960s and 1970s.

Jimi Hendrix photograph
A classic shot of Hendrix printed in a limited edition of 25

Also starring in the auction is a fantastic black and white silver print of Jimi Hendrix by Gered Mankowitz, which is numbered 2/24. A classic shot, it is expected to sell for between $27,350 and $41,025.

Hawkins was known for his voodoo-style stage persona, making him one of the first shock rockers

The auction will also offer items from the estate of rhythm and blues shock rocker Screamin' Jay Hawkins, including a classic black performance costume with blue polka dots, which is expected to make $1,367-1,641.

Paul Fraser Collectibles has some of the finest music memorabilia for sale, including items from the Beatles, Madonna and more.


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