Rare acoustic guitar up for auction


A rare David Bowie acoustic guitar is up for auction and it has an interesting history.

The Takamine Acoustic Guitar will be auctioned via Omega Auctions April 27. According to the auction description, the guitar is “…signed with the inscription ‘Ground Control To Major Tom’ by David Bowie, dated 2003. It is one of only two known guitars that have been signed with this inscription.”

The description reads: “Seller won a signed Bowie guitar at an online charity auction in 2002 (for ‘Bikers Against Drunk Drivers’), but it arrived in damaged condition. He contacted BowieNet who put him in touch with Bowie’s management company, who quickly arranged for a replacement guitar to be sent. This guitar arrived with clear evidence of being used (scratches on the scratch plate) so it is believed that it could have been the one David was playing at the time. The seller provided the auction house with proof of their purchase at the charity auction.

The Bowie guitar is estimated to sell for between £5,000 and £7,000 ($6,992 and $9,789 USD). Given its unique backstory, however, don’t be shocked if this piece of Bowie memorabilia costs significantly more.

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Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who knows the label well and is extraordinarily nice.

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