Guitars, Autographs, Posters, Beatles, Elvis and Hendrix in Rock & Roll Collectors Auction

Gary Sohmers assembles a collection of Music Memorabilia including Beatles rarities, Elvis signed documents and Autographed Guitars to be sold by in Oceanside NY April 25 2010.

Oceanside, NY, April 19, 2010 --( Philip Weiss Auctions in conjunction with expert appraiser Gary Sohmers will be selling rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia at auction April 25, 2010 at his gallery and online including the 1966 Beatles concert poster and Elvis Presley signed original contract to purchase Graceland in Memphis, Tenn. in 1957 and part one of the John Anderson Autographed Guitar Collection.

John Anderson’s career has included assisting UNICEF and other childhood charities, touring as a Road manager with B.B. King and many others, strategic promotional aid to media companies and charities and hanging out with musicians and celebrities. During the 1990s he was able to assemble a large collection of in person signed guitars, drumheads and other memorabilia, even having Eric Clapton sign a Fender “Blackie” Signature Series Stratocaster guitar backstage at Royal Albert Hall. The first part of his collection will be offered in this sale.

Some of the highlights include that Clapton signed guitar, plus mint condition Fender, Gibson, Epiphone, Alvarez and Takemine guitars signed by legendary guitarists such as Les Paul, Luther Allison, Jeff Beck, Robert Cray, John Entwistle with Skunk Baxter, Kenny Wayne Sheppard, Buddy Guy, Jimmy Vaughan, Keith Urban and groups including Genesis, Yes, Funkadelic and the Doobie Brothers. Rock, country and blues musicians along with groupings from the Guitar Player magazine 25th Anniversary concert and the "Musicians Unite with Stars to Immunize Children" for the Gorbachev Foundation to raise money for Children's Charities in the US and Russia including Ringo Starr.

Another special guitar is a handmade Fender Custom Shop 1 of 2 made Fender Bonnie Raitt Signature Series Stratocaster Guitar specially made to support her "Boys & Girls Clubs" project to teach girls to play guitar, marked "B&GC Prototype" on the back of the head, and autographed by Bonnie on the Mother of Pearl pick-guard. Each of the guitars includes an in-person signature and are accompanied by a letter from John Anderson, who saw this signed in person while working with the artists,

Other important iconic music memorabilia include a Beatles 1966 Beatles Shea Stadium concert poster, the Rick Griffin designed “Flying Eyeball” Jimi Hendrix Fillmore concert poster (BG105, first printing), a 1966 Lightnin’ Hopkins at the Matrix in San Francisco poster, a 1968 poster for the MC5 in Berkeley CA, a 1966 Yardbirds Fillmore first printing, picturing Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page, along with numerous items featuring the Grateful Dead, Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, The Who, The Doors, Bob Dylan, Jethro Tull, Woodstock, Protest Rallies and numerous concert poster and handbill lots from the Fillmore and Avalon Ballrooms.

The rock and roll Pop Culture aspect of this auction is produced by Gary Sohmers Wex Rex of and Saxonville Auction Services of Framingham, MA.

The auction is searchable with bidding in person at the gallery by phone and online at

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