Neal Schon’s Guitar Auction Brings More Than $ 4.2 Million
A collection of over 90 guitars by Neal Schon raised over $ 4.2 million in sales in a recent auction.
The sale, which took place hours before Journey took the stage at Chicago’s Lollapalooza Festival last weekend, included two of the most expensive vintage instruments sold in Heritage Auctions history: a Ferrari guitar that s ‘is sold for $ 300,000 and a Gibson Les 1959 Paul that went for $ 350,000.
Another Les Paul, which was used on the 1981 Journey album Escape and his classic hit single “Don’t Stop Believin ‘”, was purchased by Jim Irsay, owner of the Indianapolis Colts. Irsay added the instrument to his collection of musical memorabilia, which includes items used by Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Prince, Jim Morrison and David Gilmour.
“Rock music is a uniquely American art form, and the instruments and artifacts that have created its rich history must be protected and preserved,” Irsay said in a press release, noting that he hopes to one day open a museum. with his collectibles, which contains other assorted cultural artifacts like Abraham Lincoln’s cane and a 1953 Jackie Robinson bat. “I look forward to sharing this and other piece of the collection in the hope they can educate and inspire others to do great and meaningful things. “
According to Schon, it was time for new people to give homes to the instruments that carried him throughout his career. “I don’t think there’s a guitar that defines me – I define myself,” Schon said. “Fifty-seven years now. That’s how long I’ve been playing.… All of these guitars have a story, a story.”
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