Townshend's Quadrophenia Tour Guitar Brings Over $50,000 at Christie's Auction

On Tuesday, Christie's in London held an auction of Rock and Pop Memorabilia that raised over $680,000.

Topping the bidding was a Gibson Les Paul Deluxe guitar owned and played by Pete Townshend during the Who's 1972/73 U.S. tour in support of the album Quadrophenia.  The piece brought $51,250.

The majority of the balance of the big bids went to John Lennon and Beatles memorabilia including autographs, gold records, lyrics and even a gift given to Julian Lennon by John and Yoko.

The following are the lots that brought more than $10,000.
  • Gibson Les Paul Deluxe guitar owned and used by Pete Townshend during the Who's U.S. Quadrophenia Tour in 1972 and 73 - $51,250
  • John Lennon signed Final Fantasy album cover with Lennon drawn caricatures of himself and Yoko Ono - $38,950
  • Gold record for the Beatles' White Album (The Beatles) - $22,550
  • A handwritten letter by John Lennon from 1967 - $20,500
  • A script page from the BBC Our World TV special signed by all four Beatles, Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull - $19,475
  • A polished stainless steal cube engraved with "A BOX OF SMILEY Y.O. '71 TO JULIAN FROM DADDY & YOKO" - $17,425
  • A c.1978/79 Fender Precision Bass played by Dee Dee Ramone - $16,400
  • Gold record for Beatles' Rubber Soul - $15,375
  • A mint green jacket with black sequined musical notes worn by Marc Bolan in the 1972 film Born to Boogie - $15,375
  • Black leather boots worn by Jimi Hendrix - $15,375
  • David Bowie handwritten working lyrics for Sweet Thing/Candidate/Sweet Thing Reprise - $14,350
  • A Selmer trumpet owned and played by Louis Armstrong - $13,325
  • A wooden hat block made to specifications of Michael Jackson for his fedora - $13,325
  • A part of a TAMA bass drum owned by Dave Grohl and destroyed on-stage by Kurt Cobain during a 10/12/91 Nirvana concert - $13,325
  • Single-sided acetate of the Beatles' All You Need is Love - $13,325
  • A 1968 diary with pages signed multiple times by Jimi Hendrix along with Eric Clapton, Marc Bolan, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Bill Wyman and others. - $12,300
  • Gold Record for John Lennon's album Walls and Bridges - $11,275

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