A Harley-Davidson owned by members of Motley Crue leads memorabilia from the notorious 80s rockers at Heritage Auctions' August 23 Entertainment and Music Memorabilia Signature Auction in Beverly Hills.
The Harley-Davidson FLH was originally customised for Nikki Sixx by the lead mechanic of the Los Angeles Hell's Angels, costing over $50,000. Later sold to bandmate Mick Mars and ridden extensively by both, it is now valued at more than $20,000.
It is signed by Sixx, and comes with a certificate of authenticity from him as well as paperwork in Mick Mars' name.
The notorious exploits of the US group look to have earned them a place in the collectibles market, with several items consigned to the sale. A double-necked Gibson SG guitar, played by Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, Motley Crue's Mick Mars and one-time Crue vocalist John Corabi, is valued at more than $16,000.
The guitar was originally given by the legendary Led Zeppelin guitarist to his daughter Scarlet Page, a rock photographer who became friends with Motley Crue in the 1990s. Mars, a big fan of Led Zeppelin, jumped at his chance to obtain it from her.
A Gibson SG guitar played by Mars on two Motley Crue tours in the late 1990s, as well as appearing in the October 1997 issue of Metal Edge magazine, has an estimate of $8,000+, an identical valuation to two Sixx owned and played GibsonThunderbird bass guitars.
As Heritage states, the market for Motley Crue memorabilia was kickstarted when the only known guitar owned by Mars to come to auction sold for over $60,000 earlier this year. Mars is one of the most influential metal and rock guitarists, responsible for some of the most famous riffs of the genre.
Also at Heritage is the custom Lansky Brothers suit Elvis wore to the signing of his first contract with RCA in 1955, which is to lead the sale at $40,000+.
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