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Auction Description for Guernsey's: Johnny Winter, The Auction - Day 2
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 2 (426 Lots)

by Guernsey's


426 lots with images

October 1, 2016

Live Auction

New York, NY, USA

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Johnny Winter's Rattlesnake Belt Buckle

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Description: This belt buckle features a taxidermied snake's face (complete with fangs!) and skin lacquered onto a belt buckle. Features leather stitching and braiding around the perimenter. This large buckle measures 4.5" width and 3" height.

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Johnny Winter Varsity Jacket

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Description: This stylish varsity jacket features Johnny Winter's name on back in red text, imposed over yellow star. Snap-button closure, two pockets.

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Poster: Festival de Brest

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Description: From Johnny Winter's personal collection of posters, this 48" x 32" poster promotes the French "Festival de Brest." On this particular year, the festival featured Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Steel Pulse, John Hammond, the Luther Allison Band, Willie Dixon, John Lee Hooker, Kaukonen, and, of course, Johnny Winter. October 1983. Condition issue: Bidders should note that this poster is very fragile. Some tears at the top but no paper loss; one small corner has been reattached.

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Letter from Governor Ann Richards on the Occasion of Winter's Grammy Nomination

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Description: Letter from Governor Ann Richards on the Occasion of Winter's Grammy Nomination. Letter from Governor Ann W. Richards, congratulating Johnny Winter on his Grammy nomination and wishing him luck. "I'm proud Texas can claim you as its own." From the State of Texas Office of the Governor. February 4, 1994. 11.5" x 8.5" framed.

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Original Graphite Portrait of Johnny, Gifted by Fan

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Description: This is an artist's rendering of Alen MacWeeny's portrait of Johnny Winter, completed in graphite. Completed 4.29.1980 by "Beanoh." 19.25" x 15.75".

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Johnny Winter's Patchwork Denim Jacket

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Description: This denim jacket (made in Mexico) features many patches of suede in different colors. The jacket features a 6-button snap closure and two breast pockets.

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Johnny Winter's Haliburton Briefcase

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Description: Zero Haliburton combination lock briefcase. Antique silver color. Pearlescent brown handle. The briefcase is locked and the combination (and potential contents!) are unknown at this time.

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Poster: KCP Presente Johnny Winter

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Description: From Johnny Winter's personal collection of posters, this French poster features a black and white image of Johnny with 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. Three posters, 48" x 30".

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Quartz Pendant

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Description: This pendant, which features a large quartz stone encased in a frame of 14K gold in a pattern of overlapping circles, was made specially for Johnny at the Astro Gem Gallery in NYC.

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Johnny Winter's Snakeskin Belt Buckle

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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 round beltbuckle was one of his many snake-themed possessions, and featuers an inlay of authentic snakeskin. W 3.5" x H 2.5".

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Johnny Winter Memorabilia Plaque

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Description: Wooden plaque featuring performance photos and ticket stubs from the Hollywood Palladium (5-28-1973) and Parkers Ballroom (6-12-1963). Measures 15.5" x 21" Presented to Johnny from Dana Winters and inscribed "Thanks, Johnny!"

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Gold Record for

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Description: Presented to Johnny Winter to commemorate the sale of more than one million dollars' worth of the Epic Records LP album "Roadwork," released 1972 by his brother's band, Edgar Winter's White Trash. Johnny Winter makes a special appearance singing lead on the track "Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo." 20.5" x 16.5" framed.

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Poster: Johnny Winter,

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Description: From Johnny Winter's personal collection of posters, this 17.5" x 11" poster promotes a gig Johnny played at Armadillo World Headquarters. Pink illustrated poster featuring Johnny Winter with guitar: "Johnny Winter, 'Cool Daddy.' November 18-19. Also appearing, Dragon."

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c. 1965 Gibson Thunderbird II Bass Reverse

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Description: Gibson Thunderbird given by Johnny to his wife Susan when he taught her to play guitar. Dark sunburst finish. Firebird logo on pick guard. Slight paint chipping on verso of body. Serial No. 277092.

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Johnny Winter's Purple Velvet Pants

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Description: These purple velvet pants were likely custom made for Johnny by his NYC tailor. Clearly well worn, as there is a series of small holes (approx 1" each) visible along the left pant leg, and along the upper thigh. Zipper and three button closure; one button is missing.

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Johnny Winter Prints (75)

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Description: Approximately 75 8" x 10" glossy prints of Johnny in cowboy hat, from Slatus Management.

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Poster: Johnny Winter, Guitar Slinger

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Description: From Johnny Winter's personal collection of posters, this 11" x 17" poster promotes a gig Johnny Winter played at Chasers. Poster reads, "Alligator Recording Artist Johnny Winter, Guitar Slinger. Texas Chainsaw Rock 'n' Roll. Hot as Stevie Ray, Better than Z. Z. Top. Plus, Alka-Phonics."

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Johnny Winter's Elephant Bracelet

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Description: This cuff bracelet features engraved elephants around the cuff. It was likely purchased by Johnny while he was abroad on tour.

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Johnny Winter's Mint Green Varsity Jacket

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Description: This mint green varsity jacket was produced for the Johnny Winter "Serious Business" Tour of 1986, which it references in large black lettering on the back. Cream lining. Features two front pockets and 7-snap button closure.

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Johnny Guitar Pen Stand

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Description: Features captions "Johnny Guitar" and "In Appreciation: Johnny Winter." This pen stand features prominently a Gibson Flying-V and holds two pens. Plexicraft by Terry Lee Nicholson.

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Johnny Winter, Blues Legend - Signed

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Description: Platinum album featuring Johnny Winter's photo and his signature in silver marker. Ed. 27/200. Produced by Roy Creations. Certificate of Authenticity on verso. 2010. 25.25" x 17.25" Framed.

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Poster: The Traits in Person

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Description: From Johnny Winter's personal collection of posters, this 18" x 14" early Texas poster promotes a gig Johnny played. Poster reads, "In PERSON the Traits, Popular Recording & TV Artists from Houston, TX. With Mark James, and Johnny Winters. Show and Dance." Printed on Cardstock. Condition Issue: Shows signs of water damage.

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Johnny Winter's Choker Necklace

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Description: Gold chainlink piece of jewelry in a pattern reminiscent of snakeskin. Clasp reads "THIFAR DESPAT 143349." Jewelry appears to be gold-plated and shows signs of extensive wear. 14.25" length

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Muddy Waters Vintage Photo

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Description: Vintage black and white photograph of Muddy Waters on stage signed on verso "R. L. Shelli, 1984." 11" x 14".

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Johnny Winter's Eyeglasses

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Description: Johnny Winter's glasses, which he wore after his laser eye surgery that corrected his legal blindness. From Osiris Eyewear, with case.

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Gold

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Description: Johnny's bar pendant by "Tiffany & Co."

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Johnny Winter's Gothic Hand Belt Buckle

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Description: Genuine leather belt with two metal buttons. Features belt buckle in the shape of a skeletal hand, emerging from a ruffled shirtsleeve complete with skull cufflinks. The hand features two rings, one of a bat, and one featuring a small red jewel. The belt measures in 35" length and the oversized buckle is 6.5" long.

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Poster:

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Description: From Johnny Winter's personal collection of posters, this 19.25" x 12.75" poster promotes an event from "Bill Graham Presents, in San Francisco, Johnny Winter, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, and Chester D. Friday, December 2nd 1988 at the Fillmore, San Francisco CA."

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Johnny Winter's 70's-era Writing Tablet

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Description: This writing tablet features four pages covered in notes written by hand by Johnny Winter. The cover itself is littered with names and phone numbers. It contains what appears to be an early pass at the lyrics for "Bad Luck Situation," with lyrics that are similar but differ considerably from the final released version. Additional pages contain early lyrics for "Black Cat Bone." The pages also contain what appear to be lyrics for songs that were never recorded. Though there are but a few pages, each one is potent and powerful, providing a unique insight into this rock legend's writing process. The variations on old tunes and never before seen inscriptions contained within will prove an invaluable addition to any Winter fan's collection.

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Billboard Magazine Blues Top Chart Award

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Description: This piece was presented to Johnny Winter as artist and producer of "The Johnny Winter Live Bootleg Series," which achieved recognition as Billboard Magazine Blues Chart Top 10 & Top 15 Friday Music Albums. Five framed CDs. 21" x 17.25" with frame.

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Black Chiquita Travel Guitar and Chiquita Amplifier

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Description: "Small and mighty" Chiquita travel guitar by Erlewine of Austin, TX, maker of the Lazer. Johnny Winter used the Chiquita for practice and helped to popularize it as a quality portable guitar. It was designed by Erlewine to be small enough to fit into overhead storage on an airplane. Includes Chiquita Amp: small, battery powered amp designed to be used while travelling or on-the-go. Accepts 9V batteries. One input.

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Johnny Winter's Suede Duster

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Description: This jacket is made of both black and purple colored suede, and features large purple suede appliques and oversided suede stitching on the labels and seams. No pockets. Three-button assymetrical closure.

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Poster:

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Description: From Johnny Winter's personal collection of posters, 17" x 11" poster promotes Johnny Winter's tour following the release of his album, "I'm a Bluesman." Features the following quote from Steven Tyler: "Pound for pound, Johnny Winter Kicks Major Ass."

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Johnny Winter's Texas Pendant

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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. Silver pendant in the shape of the state of Texas featuring a gold star in relief. On a silver rope-style chain.

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Top-Hatted Johnny Winter

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Description: Black/white portrait of bearded Johnny with guitar in hand, sporting his leather top hat, which is being presented in this auction. 13.5" x 10". Matted to 20" x 16". Signed in pencil by artist, "William F. Lemke. 1973"

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Johnny Winter's Black Felt Hat

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Description: Wide-rimmed black felt hat with braided faux-leather band. "Caballero" by "Rockmont Ranch River, Denver."

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The Maple Blues Award, International Artist of the Year

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Description: Johnny Winter selected as the "2014 B.B. King International Artist of the Year" by the Toronto Blues Society. The Maple Blues Awards are Canada's national Blues Awards program. Approx. 7.5" Tall.

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Description: From Johnny Winter's personal collection of posters, this 31" x 21" poster promotes a concert celebrating the first anniversary the Theatre Le Palace in Paris. It includes a portrait of Johnny, as well as portraits of many other artists who played at the venue, such as Mother's Finest, Elliot Murphy, J. Geils Band, Johny Winter, Tom Waits, Dillinger, Natalie Cole and Bonnie Tyler. April 22 1979. 31" x 21"

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Johnny Winter's Bluesband Harmonica

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Description: Johnny Winter's Bluesband metal harmonica. Presented in its original box. Johnny Winter used to practice on this on the tour bus.

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Johnny Winter's  Cloak

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Description: This cloak is made from brown suede. Features brown suede stitching around the seams. Bottom features patches of suede overlaid on one another. String closure at neck featuring small ceramic pendant. Large attached hood.

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Photo: John Lee Hooker

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Description: 14" x 11" photographic portrait of John Lee Hooker. Taken in 1989 by John Chiasson. Inscribed "For Johnny Winter."

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Johnny Winter's Lace-Up Cuff Bracelet

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Description: This funky leather cuff is stamped with a pattern which is carried through in the details of the bronze overlay. 5.5" (No lacing included.)

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Posters:

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Description: From Johnny Winter's personal collection of posters, these four 27" x 19.5" black and white posters promote a gig Johnny played in Sweden.

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Johnny Winter's Purple Velvet Button-Down

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Description: Johnny Winter's vibrant purple crushed velvet shirt with six button closure. Some fraying on the right cuff.

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Edgar and Johnny

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Description: Matted diptych, color photographs of Edgar Winter and Johnny Winter performing on stage. 11" x 9" folded, 11" x 18" unfolded.

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Drum Kit Rolling Case

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Description: Well-traveled Johnny Winter rolling drum kit case. On the top it reads "J.Winter"; interestingly, the side reads "Average White Band," a popular Scottish group from the late 70's and 80's. 28" x 46" x 27.5" on wheels.

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1961 Gibson ES-5

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Description: Johnny Winter's 1950s-era Gibson ES-5. Several modifications have been made to this guitar, likely by Johnny Winter himself. Originally the ES-5 would have had three P90 single coil pickups with black plastic covers- only middle one still remains. Pair of humbucking pickups with gold plated covers were installed later. The master tone control knob at the treble bout cutaway was replaced by a three-way pickup selector toggle switch, two controls were added (between the treble bout f-hole and edge), and the original third pickup volume control was removed and its hole plugged up. All four control knobs appear to be original (even though the controls were modified and reconfigured). The trapeze tailpiece is a replacement - the original would have had pointed ends and three raised parallelograms along the top retaining bar. The compensated rosewood bridge, pickguard, and tuners are also original. FON 4942.

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Johnny Winter's Budweiser Belt Buckle

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Description: This black leather belt features a large oversized belt buckle with an advertisement for "Anheuser Busch- Original Budweiser." Features a busty barmaid. Made by Tiffany Broadway NY. 31" length; buckle is 4" length.

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Gold Record for

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Description: Columbia Records, Johnny Winter, "Live." Presented to Johnny Winter to commemorate the sale of more than one million dollars' worth of record sales of the Columbia Records LP Record Album "LIVE." Certified RIAA Sales Award. 21.5" x 17" framed.

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Johnny Winter's Blue Goggles

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Description: Blue "sci-fi" style goggles with elastic blue band.

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