This cute Akita was such a joy to make. Me and Ginger have wanted to do a closed eye suit for awhile and decided a happy faced Akita would be the perfect amount of practice. I’m thrilled with the result and hope he goes to a good home!
10. Eric Clapton “Brownie” Stratocaster, or the “Layla” guitar. Sold for $450,000
9. Eric Clapton’s Gold Leaf Stratocaster built by Fender Custom Shop master builder Mark Kendrick, supposedly because Clapton wanted a guitar that he could “hang in a museum”. Sold for $455,000
8. Gibson SG used by both George Harrison and John Lennon, in use from 1966 to 1969, this guitar is featured on Revolver and the White album. Sold for $570,000
7. Stevie Ray Vaughan’s “Lenny” Stratocaster (named after his wife who bought him the guitar for his birthday in 1980). After Stevie’s tragic and fatal accident, the guitar was donated for auction by Vaughan’s brother, Jimmy. The guitar was eventually sold to Guitar Center for $623,500
6. Eric Clapton’s 1939 CF Martin used in his MTV Unplugged performance. The guitar was auctioned off with proceeds going to his Crossroads Rehabilitation Center. Sold for $791,500
5. Eric Clapton’s 1964 Gibson ES-335 used during his time in the Yardbirds, Blind Faith, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, and Cream. Sold for $847,500
4. Eric Clapton’s “Blackie” Stratocaster, auctioned off with proceeds going to his Crossroads Rehabilitation Center. Sold for $959,000
3. Bob Marley Washburn, one of Bob Marley’s few guitars, it was given to his guitar tech, Gary Carlsen. It is considered by the Jamaican Government to be a national treasure. Valued at an estimated $1.2 million
2. Jimi Hendrix’s 1968 Fender Stratocaster, played by the man himself at Woodstock. Paul Allen bought this guitar to display in Jimi’s hometown of Seattle in the Experience Music Project. Sold for $2 million
1. Reach Out to Asia Stratocaster, to raise money for the fierce destruction caused by the 2004 tsunami, affecting a number of nations in the Indian Ocean such as Sri Lanka, the Maldives, and Thailand. The guitar was signed by a number of legendary musicians, including Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, Brian May, Ronnie Wood, Jimmy Page, David Gilmour, Mark Knopfler, Jeff Beck, Tony Iommi, Pete Townshend, Sting, Angus Young, Richie Blackmore, Malcolm Young, members of Def Leppard, Liam Gallagher, Bryan Adams, and Paul McCartney. Sold for $2.7 million
Few relationships in Shirley Temple’s childhood would match the special chemistry and affection shared by her and legendary tap dancer Bill “Bojangles” Robinson. While on screen together for so many iconic moments, especially as dance partners, offscreen they were the closest of friends. He was “Uncle Billy” and she was “Darlin.” In 1936 Robinson presented Shirley with one of the most prized gifts of her childhood, a motorized custom car in “Shirley Size” by the Knickerbocker Motor Co. Upon receiving it Shirley proceeded to drive the car around the Fox Studio lot with Robinson hanging on for dear life as seen in this photo. The car, emblazoned with “Shirley Temple” in red on each side (the motor long since removed though as young Shirley had a tendency to just miss running into people!) will be seen at both the exhibits around the U.S. and offered at the July 14 auction event in Kansas City along with a series of original photographs of Shirley happily in the drivers seat.