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Legendary Rory Gallagher Guitar Collection Hits the Auction Block at Bonhams

Legendary Rory Gallagher Guitar Collection Hits the Auction Block at Bonhams
The Rory Gallagher Collection, featuring his iconic 1961 Fender Stratocaster, amps & accessories, is set to hit the auction block at Bonhams London on Oct 17th.

The iconic collection of the late Irish blues-rock legend Rory Gallagher (1948-1995) is set to hit the auction block at Bonhams on October 17th, 2024. The highly anticipated sale, titled “The Rory Gallagher Collection,” will feature nearly 150 items directly from the Gallagher family, offering a treasure trove of instruments, amplifiers, and accessories that shaped Gallagher’s illustrious career.

Rory Gallagher’s Battered Strat

Undoubtedly, the show’s star is Gallagher’s instantly recognizable 1961 Fender Stratocaster, estimated to fetch a staggering £700,000 – £1,000,000. This guitar, purchased by Gallagher on credit in 1963, is believed to be the first Stratocaster ever brought to Ireland.

Its well-worn finish, a testament to Gallagher’s electrifying live performances, has become synonymous with the guitarist. The guitar has been featured in countless exhibitions and graced the covers of guitar magazines worldwide, even being played by fellow musical giants like Johnny Marr and Joe Bonamassa.

Since 2004, Fender has even produced its own Rory Gallagher signature Stratocaster model, a testament to this instrument’s enduring legacy.

The Rory Gallagher Collection
The Rory Gallagher Collection

A Legacy Up For Grabs

“Rory Gallagher’s 1961 Fender Stratocaster is one of the most recognizable guitars in the world,” said Claire Tole-Moir, Head of Bonhams Popular Culture department. “This guitar was with Rory throughout his entire career, and it’s safe to say it played a huge role in shaping his legacy as one of the greatest guitarists ever. We are incredibly honored to be entrusted with this iconic piece and the Gallagher family’s extensive collection.”

Dónal Gallagher, Rory’s brother and former manager, shared his reason for bringing the collection to auction: “After nearly 30 years, I believe it’s time for others to experience Rory’s incredible instruments. This is a difficult decision, but I hope it will further cement Rory’s legacy and allow more people to enjoy the music he created with these very instruments.”

A Unique Opportunity for Guitar Enthusiasts and Music Fans

The Rory Gallagher Collection auction presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for guitar enthusiasts, music collectors, and fans of the legendary Irish bluesman to own a piece of musical history.

With such a vast array of instruments and memorabilia, the auction promises to be a significant event for anyone who appreciates Gallagher’s unique talent and enduring influence on the music world.

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