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Auction Description for Guernsey's: Johnny Winter, The Auction - Day 1
Auction Description:
Guernsey's will be conducting a major auction of the complete Johnny Winter Collection. Coming directly from the late, great blues/rock musician's family, the auction will consist of more than thirty guitars (including Johnny's six legendary Gibson Firebirds, his three Lazers, the very first guitar he ever played as well as his very last, several rare metal resonators and other early, beautiful instruments. The more than 600 auction lots will also include his stage-worn clothing and gear, and personal items of every description, from Johnny's Beaumont, Texas high school ring to his clipped beard! We’ll also be selling several exciting notebooks filled with Johnny's handwritten music he composed in the late 60s and 70s. There will also be many rare posters and photographs featuring not only Johnny but also several other legendary musicians that he performed with, including Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix. Speaking of Jimi, the event will also include one of his stage-worn shirts, as well as three exciting original works of art that Hendrix created.
Viewing Notes:
Wed, September 28: 2PM - 6PM Thurs, September 29: Noon - 7PM Fri, September 30: Noon - 6PM Sat, October 1: 10AM - Noon
Sale Notes:
Wed, September 28: 2PM - 6PM Thurs, September 29: Noon - 7PM Fri, September 30: Noon - 6PM Sat, October 1: 10AM - Noon

Johnny Winter, The Auction - Day 1 (197 Lots)

by Guernsey's


197 lots with images

September 30, 2016

Live Auction

New York, NY, USA

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Johnny Winter's Snake Armlet

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Description: Any real fan knows of Johnny's love for snakes-or at least how often he incorporated their image into his getups. This armlet takes the shape of a coiled snake and is made of woven gold fabric. Features two round green stones to mimick eyes.

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Johnny Winter's Harley Davidson Cowboy Hat

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Description: "Crushable" water-repellent cowboy hat from Harley Davidson. Made with wool felt. This lot also includes a hat band, featuring an exposed zipper and prominent buckle detail.

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Johnny Winter Colored Wooden Art Block

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Description: Four-color stylized illustration of Johnny Winter playing guitar printed onto a wooden block for hanging or display. "Johnny Winter" also printed in large font. Signature of artist in lower right corner. The wooden art blocks being featured in this auction hung prominently in Winter's home studio; they can be seen clearly in their original setting in a video interview available on YouTube, titled "Johnny Winter Blues Lesson," which includes footage of this studio. 20" x 32.5".

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James Henry Diggs Lifetime Achievement Award

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Description: Presented to Johnny Winter in recognition of "A Lifetime Achievement in Blues Music" from the Blue Ridge Blues Society ("Keeping the Blues Alive in Southwest Virginia!") The Blue Ridge Blues Society is a grass-roots education non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the Blues, and is an affiliate of the Blues Foundation. Plaque measures 12" x 9".

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Poster: Muddy Waters at Antone's

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Description: From Johnny Winter's personal collection of posters, this 17" x 11" poster is promoting two gigs by Muddy Waters held at Antone's (of Austin, Texas) on April 18th and 22nd.

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Johnny Winter's Belt

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Description: A brown leather belt with prominent square steel buckle. Many sings of wear and use, including scratches on the buckle, and wear on the notches from fastening. Belt is 34" long.

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Richard Avedon Photograph

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Description: Famed photographer Richard Avedon took this multi-image photograph labeled "Johnny Winter, Rock Musician" in August, 1969. The photo then became the album art for Johnny's album, "Second Winter." Refer to "Evidence, 1944-1994" Richard Avedon, pg. 150. Framed 22.5" x 18".

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Johnny Winter Production Coil-Chord Phone

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Description: The office phone that Johnny used, begrudgingly, for business matters, including giving interviews to the press. He was known to rip it out of the wall when frustrated by dull but necessary business calls.

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Johnny Winter's Silver Jaguar Cross Pendant

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Description: This silver cross pendant takes the shape of a jaguar head, jaws clamped around the rope necklace on which it hangs. A rune is etched into throat of the jaguar.

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Two Guitar Picks

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Description: Two guitar picks belonging to Johnny Winter. One pick is in a tortoise color, medium sized, with "MANNY'S" in worn letters. As Winter did not usually play with a flat pick, it was likely a souvenir from the famed Manny's Music of New York, a favorite haunt of many musicians of the time. Manny's Music sadly closed its doors in 2009. The fact that it was in his possession, despite the fact that he did not play with a flat pick, suggests that it had some sentimental value. The other pick is bronze-colored and metallic, has lost its original shape.

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Johnny Winter's Set List Binder

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Description: A well-used black three-ring binder containing a printed set list and lyrics to the selected songs in oversized type used for rehearsal and concerts. The set list includes the songs "Hideaway," "Sugar Coated Love," "Lone Wolf," "Hoochie Koochie Man," "Mojo Boogie," "Highway 61" and others, and appears to be one of the last sets Johnny performed. 10" x 11.5" binder.

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Music Hall of Fame Induction, Museum of the Gulf Coast

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Description: Awarded to Johnny Winter on the occasion of his induction into the Music Hall of Fame at the Museum of the Gulf Coast in Port Arthur, Texas. Reads, "Johnny Winter is hereby included in the Music Hall of Fame in recognition of personal contributions to the musical heritage of the Gulf Coast region, the United States and the World." Inducted January 28, 2006. 14" x 17" framed.

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Poster: Johnny Winter En Vivo

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Description: From Johnny Winter's personal collection of posters, these two 18.5" x 13.5" posters promote a gig Johnny played in Mexico. Johnny is pictured in his famous jeweled overalls, strumming on one of his equally famous Firebirds. Posters advertise "Johnny Winter En Vivo, 7 y 8 Noviembre" in Temixco and Cuernavaca, Mexico. Condition Issue: One poster has a minor corner tear, no paper loss.

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Johnny Winter's Decorative Pin

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Description: Hand-carved decorative pin with intricate spiral design at the top. Purchased by Johnny at a market in London.

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Yamaha Acoustic Travel Guitar

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Description: Model APXT-1N. Compact Yamaha travel acoustic with hollow-bodied spruce top, alder sides and maple neck. Natural finish. No serial number printed on sticker in soundhole. This model was manufactured from 1995-2002.

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Johnny Winter's Patchwork Bellbottoms

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Description: These denim bellbottoms were personally selected by Johnny from a designer at a rock venue; they appear to be either custom made or from an exclusive collection as they have no tag that would be included on a retail item. They are made of denim but feature a variety of brightly colored and patterned patches, which give them a whimsical and psychedelic appearance.

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Johnny Winter's Silver Ankh Ring

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Description: Ring with square shaped band adorned with an ankh sign and a teardrop-shaped purple stone.

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Framed Illustration of Johnny Winter

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Description: Framed graphite portrait of a shirtless Johnny Winter smoking a cigarette in a cowboy hat, his iconic dragon tattoo exposed. Reference photograph is affixed to the back of the frame. "Art by Bart." Also included in the frame is a business card for Bart at "Custom Cycle Inc." 17" x 21".

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Poster: KCP Presente Johnny Winter

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Description: From Johnny Winter's personal collection of posters, this 48" x 30" poster promotes a gig Johnny played in France. With black and white image of Johnny and his iconic Firebird guitar, and red lettering. Promotes an event by Koski-Cauchoix Productions (KCP), known for bringing many iconic rock stars and bands to the Pavillon de Paris. One poster, 48" x 30". Condition Issue: Some paper loss on two lower corners.

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Johnny Winter's Lilac Button Down

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Description: This lilac button-down shirt is made of a light, breathable fabric and features an exaggerated pointed collar and a dramatic ruffle detail along the front closure. Johnny is known to have worn this shirt in late 60s performances. From Notting Hill Shirts LTD, Miami, FL.

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Small Alligator Pin

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Description: Small, bronze colored pin featuring an alligator.

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Lifetime Achievement Award, West Michigan Blues Society

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Description: This plaque was presented to Johnny Winter by the West Michigan Blues Society on July 20, 2012 "in recognition of a lifetime dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Blues Music." 15" x 11" plaque.

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John Dawson Winter III Photograph

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Description: This sophisticated photograph of Johnny Winter could easily have appeared on the pages of Gentlemen's Quarterly or Esquire, but in fact was shot for the cover of his 1974 studio album, John Dawson Winter III. Framed, 24.5" x 25."

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Three of Johnny Winter's T-Shirts

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Description: Three of Johnny Winter's well-worn t-shirts, featuring tours he played and labels he recorded on. The first is from from the "Johnny Winter 1974 European Tour." The second is a black, cut-off muscle tee promoting Alligator Records, one of the labels that released Johnny's music. The third is a faded baby blue "Johnny Winter" tee, featuring a prominent graphic portrait of Johnny.

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Poster: Red-Eyed Johnny

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Description: From Johnny Winter's personal collection of posters, this 39" x 27" poster promotes a performance Johnny gave at Gr_na Lund, an amusement park in Sweden. This black and white poster features a portrait of Johnny Winter, open-mouthed in a cowboy hat, with red eyes. Graphics designed by Nils Sture Jansson.

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Johnny Winter's Bronze Cuff with Red Enamel

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Description: This large bronze cuff features four rows of four inset enamel decorations, small engraved details, and a jagged border at the opening. 4" long.

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Zippo Lighter Dancing Skeleton

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Description: Zippo lighter engraved with image of a dancing skeleton. Presented in its original Zippo case.

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Johnny Winter's Gray Newsboy Cap

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Description: Johnny's gray patent leather newsboy cap. From "JJ Hat Center" in New York. Black braided accent along front band. Genuine leather. Made in USA.

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Poster: Johnny Winter at the Fitchburg Theatre

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Description: From Johnny Winter's personal collection of posters, this lot features a poster promoting a gig Johnny played at the Fitchburg Theatre in Fitchburg, MA. Although the concert date is in April, the green and red poster features a bearded image of Johnny that could be said to bear a resemblance to Saint Nicholas. "Bill Hanney, Jack Utsick and Richard Carr Productions presents Johnny Winter with Special Guest. Friday, April 4, 1980 at the Fitchburg Theatre." 22.5" x 17". One poster.

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Best Electric Blues Guitarist, 1977 Guitar Player Magazine

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Description: Best Electric Blues Guitarist, 1977 Guitar Player Magazine. This framed pencil and watercolor drawing was presented to Johnny Winter by Guitar Player Magazine. A small metal plaque at the bottom of the frame names him as "Best Electric Blues Guitarist" per their 1977 Readers' Poll. Ed. 7/50. Illustration by Pam Ellis (signed by artist.) Framed, measures 26.25" x 22.25".

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Johnny Winter Wooden Art Block

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Description: Wooden block with print for hanging/display; Johnny Winter's name printed in large stylized font at top with very faint image of Johnny beneath. Shows signs of moisture damage along the edges. Designed by "Hull Brick Company." The wooden art blocks being featured in this auction hung prominently in Winter's home studio. 19.5" x 29.5".

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Delaney Guitars Wedge Guitar

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Description: "Wedge" model electric guitar given to Johnny on B.B. King's 70th Birthday by Delaney Guitars' Mike Zito, who was a friend of his. "Delaney Guitars" is a boutique guitar shop in Texas; each Delaney guitar is custom built by hand to specifications provided by the customer. This guitar features a black cherry finish. On body, inscribed by Mike Zito to Johnny Winter with "to my friend & my hero" and signed on headstock.

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Three of Johnny Winter's Shirts

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Description: Three of Johnny Winter's shirts, the first a muscle tee that reads "Johnny Winter + Foghat," the second a long-sleeve tee, "Johnny Winter is White, Hot, and Blue" from the 1978 10th Anniversary Tour, and the third a navy long-sleeve tee with Johnny Winter's name in yellow script.

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Johnny Winter's Lone Star Necklace

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Description: Johnny Winter had plenty of love for his home state, as can be demonstrated by the number of Texas-related objects he owned. This silver chain has an intricate pendant featuring a prominent Lone Star, surrounded by various embellishments. Verso reads: "VOGT STERLING 14K GOLD FILL MEXICO."

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Two Posters:

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Description: Two Posters: "Johnny Winter, Hifi & Musick" and "Camel, 3rd Degree". From Johnny Winter's personal collection of posters, this lot features two different posters from various gigs Johnny played. The first is a Swiss poster promoting The Third Degree Tour of 1987, Johnny Winter and Band with Special Guest Dr. John the Nighttripper. Sponsored by Camel. In Zurich. January 31, 1987. It measures 24" x 12.5" The second is a Swedish poster, from Hifi & Musik, featuring Johnny Winter. It measures 21" x 12.5".

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Johnny Winter's Aviator Sunglasses

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Description: Aviator sunglasses, sold in red eyeglass case.

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Johnny Winter's Alligator Varsity Jacket

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Description: This green silk varsity jacket features the symbol for Alligator Records, one of Johnny's record labels. From Revelation Rag. Features a zipper closure and two front pockets.

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Approx. 24 Unpublished Johnny Winter Photos by Sidney Smith

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Description: Approx. 24 Unpublished Johnny Winter Photos by Sidney Smith. Lot of approx. 24 candid photos of Johnny Winter walking in a park. Never been published. Photos taken in 1972 by Sidney Smith of New Orleans, LA. All photos 5" x 5".

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Looseleaf Pages of Johnny Winter's Notes

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Description: Three 14" x 8.5" loose pages of yellow lined paper on which Winter wrote in ballpoint pen, found with his notebooks dating from the late 1960's to the early 1970's. Many of the lines written out on these pages show Winter riffing on classic blues lyrics from artists like Bessie Smith, Ella Fitzgerald and Muddy Waters, and likely brainstorming his own interpretations of these songs. Includes variations on lines from Û The folk song "Good Mornin' Blues": "I woke up this morning had the blues all round my bed / [Repeat] / If I don't get help soon I might as well be dead!" "Gulf Coast Blues" sung by both Bessie Smith and Ella Fitzgerald: "The mail man came, but he didn't leave no news / [Repeat] / If I don't hear from my baby soon, I'll surely have those Gulf Coast blues Û" "Deep Down In Florida" by Muddy Waters: "I'm going to Gainesville Florida where the sun shines damn near every day / [Repeat] / Where you eat fried "cat" + chicken and the folks just love to sing & play!" "Back Water Blues" by Bessie Smith: "It thundered + lightninged + the wind began to blow! / [Repeat] / and there ain't no place for a poor working man to go Û" "If You Don't Believe I'm Leavin' (Count the Days I'm Gone) sung by Dinah Washington: "If you don't believe I'm going just count the days I'm gone / [Repeat] / I'll find me a new baby and then I'll really "tailor my hem!" The "peaches" verse that appears in songs such as Bessie Smith's "Mamma's Got the Blues," Ella Fitzgerald's version of "St. Louis Blues," and the country blues song "Sittin' On Top of the World": "If you don't like my peaches / then lady, don't you shake my tree / [Repeat]"

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Hard Rock Cafe Dallas Plaque

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Description: "Thank You," from the Hard Rock Cafe of Dallas, Texas. Gifted to Johnny Winter December 31, 1987. Measures 6" x 3.75".

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Posters: Johnny Winter European Tour 1974

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Description: From Johnny Winter's personal collection of posters, this 23.5" x 15.5" poster features Johnny Winter in his infamous bejeweled overalls, jamming on his firebird, and promotes his European Tour of 1974. Approximately 17 posters in this lot.

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Johnny Winter's Tan Suede Cowboy Hat

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Description: Genuine suede leather cowboy hat with brown braiding along brim. Johnny is pictured wearing this hat on the cover of the 6th volume of his Bootleg Series. From Skully in St. Louis.

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Navajo Cuff Bracelet

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Description: Cuff bracelet worn by Johnny Winter with beaded Navajo pattern.

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Poster: John Lennon Documentary

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Description: From Johnny Winter's personal collection of posters, this 17" x 11" poster promotes a film titled "3 Days in the Life," the Unfinished Documentary featuring John Lennon. Film by Tony Cox. Lennon and Winter had previously met when Winter recorded a cover of Lennon's "Rock and Roll People" for his album John Dawson Winter III, released in 1974, which was the first commercial release of the Lennon song.

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Johnny Winter Custom Guitar Strap

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Description: This multi-paneled guitar strap was made for Johnny by his friend and record producer Dave Griggs in 1970. His full name is stamped in leather on one tail end. Features several peace-sign pendants, Alamo pendant, original button from Woodstock festival the year prior, and other accoutrements.

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Hand-Embroidered Denim Vest

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Description: This denim vest was hand-embroidered for Johnny by his wife Susan in a variety of colored threads. It features two front breast pockets and a seven-button closure. The back features Susan's name embroidered in three colors in addition to an oak leaf and an ear of corn.

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Johnny Winter's Hard Rock Cafe Membership Card

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Description: The "Hard Rock Express" membership card of "Mr. Johnny Winter." "Valid dates 06/86, member since 85." Member number 2058.

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1966 Gibson EB-0

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Description: Though he is more well-known for his Firebirds and Lazers, Johnny was also an accomplished bass guitarist. Serial no. 340044. Double round cutaway mahogany body. Cherry red finish.

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Framed Photo of Johnny Winter and Muddy Waters

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Description: The two friends and collaborators pictured smiling and holding guitars. 21" x 28".

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Purple and Blue Suede Belt

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Description: This wide suede belt is patterned in blue, lavender, and purple. It features four pouches, all of which fasten shut with snap closure. 33.5" in length and 3.75" in width.

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