Over 160 Items From the Estate of J. Geils Being Auctioned

Over 160 lots of musical equipment, memorabilia and personal property from the estate of Boston-area rock, blues and jazz musician J. Warren Geils Jr, founder of the Grammy-nominated J. Geils Band — will be featured in November Fine Musical Instruments auctions at Skinner.

Online bidding open November 13-20; Boston Live auction November 19. Auction and preview information at www.skinnerinc.com/auctions

Known for the band's early 1980s chart-topping hits "Love Stinks," "Freeze Frame," and "Centerfold," the J. Geils Band released eleven albums between 1970-1985 recorded under the Atlantic, EMI, America Rounder and Arbors labels.

The eclectic auction includes notable guitars:
  • D'Angelico Excel Archtop Guitar, 1940 (Lot 354, estimate $6,000-8,000)
  • Stromberg Master 400 Archtop guitar, circa 1940 (Lot 355, estimate $8,000-12,000)
Additional highlights:
  • Vega D-46 Duo-Tron Electric Guitar circa 1950 (Lot 1001)
  • J. Geils Band Centerfold Record Gold Sales Award, 1981 (Lot 1024)
  • Numerous Fender and Gibson amplifiers from the 1930s through the 1960s
  • Clothing includes a Nudie Suit, 1973, jacket, pants and two shirts (Lot 399, estimate $400-600)
  • Trumpets from a variety of makers (Lots 1080-1169) represent Geils' early interest in the cornet and jazz trumpet.
A large complement of fine fretted bowed, and wind instruments are also on offer. Noteworthy highlights include:
  • Spanish Classical Guitar, Ignacio Fleta, Barcelona, 1976, with case. (Lot 8, $20,000-30,000)
  • Italian Violoncello, Ascribed to Giuseppe Pedrazzini, 1920, with case. Certificate: William Moennig & Son, 1970. (Lot 17, $25,000-35,000)
  • German Violin, Sebastian Klotz, Mittenwald, 1771, with case. Certificate: Rembert Wurlitzer, Inc., 1972. (Lot 67, $12,000-15,000)
Vintage instruments from iconic American makers include:
  • Gibson Les Paul Goldtop Electric Guitar, 1952 (Lot 341, estimate $8,000-12,000)
  • Gibson Nick Lucas Special Acoustic Guitar, circa 1929 (Lot 334, estimate $5,500-6,500)
  • Gibson Style H-5 Mandola, 1924, serial no. 74871, signed by Lloyd Loar, with original case. This rarity is one of about twenty known examples. (Lot 327, estimate $35,000-55,000).

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