Lot 451A

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Serial# 003. This beautiful and unique Marilyn Monroe guitar was hand carved by Stan Farr from cherry wood for Rock ‘n’ Wood in Chicago, 1979. It has been in the hands of countless rock and roll icons including Keith Richards, Charlie Daniels and Frank Zappa to name a few. Serial numbered 003 it is one of 3 guitars of its kind that were ever made by Rock n’ Wood Guitars. It is the only of the series whose location is known, the other 2 were stolen from their makers that same year. Jeff Johnson, current owner, a guitar enthusiast and speaker manufacturer, had a request from the makers to buy back the piece very shortly following its sale. He held on to it and went on to collect the signatures of 35 artists. The first signature to adorn Marilyn was from Frank Zappa and the most recent addition was from his son Dweezle Zappa. The shape of Marilyn is a reflection, posed just as she was seen in the 1953 Playboy magazine. The makers flipped the image to create a shape that would lend itself to be played. The Marilyn guitar sports a maple neck, ebony fingerboard, mother of pearl inlays and original DiMarzio pickups. The current owner Jeff Johnson has been backstage at countless events introducing Marilyn to some of the greatest rock legends of our time. Having been touched by so many legends, this guitar has a story to rival that of the starlet it resembles. Below is a complete list of the signatures on Marilyn’s back side: Frank Zappa, 1981 Mick Mars, Motley Crue, 1988 Nikki Six, Motley Crue, 1988 Vince Neal, Motley Crue, 1988 Robin Zander, Cheap Trick, 1988 Leon Russell Keith Richards, Rolling Stones Ronnie Woods, Rolling Stones Angus Young, ACDC Brian Johnson, ACDC Rick Neilsen, Cheap Trick Bun E. Carlos, Cheap Trick Thom Peterson, Cheap Trick Johnnie Winter Edgar Winter Ian Anderson, Jethro Tull Tom Johnston, Doobie Brothers Frank Beard, ZZ Top Alice Cooper Dave Mason Chrissie Hynde, The Pretenders Henry Garza, Los Lonely Boys Jo Jo Garza, Los Lonely Boys Ringo Garza, Los Lonely Boys Charlie Daniels Paul Reed Smith, PRS Guitars Billy Idol Dean Zelinski, Dean Guitars Chuck Panozza, Survivor Band Frankie Sullivan, Survivor Band Dana Carvey Merle Haggard Dweezil Zappa

  • Fine original patina, verso is covered with a multitude of signitures

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Picking Up:
Pick-up time will be Monday, January 4th & Tuesday, January 5th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. CST. ONLY *****If picking-up, please plan your time accordingly.*****

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by Guernsey's
February 27, 2016 2:00 PM EST
New York, NY, US


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Bid Increments
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$0 $299 $25
$300 $999 $50
$1,000 $1,999 $100
$2,000 $4,999 $250
$5,000 $9,999 $500
$10,000 $19,999 $1,000
$20,000 $49,999 $2,000
$50,000 $99,999 $5,000
$100,000 $199,999 $10,000
$200,000 + $25,000