This is great news for anyone who has ever hoped to own a piece of rock ‘n’ roll history. rock music legends Keith Richards, Paul McCartney, and Joni Mitchell were all announced as contributors to the MusiCares charity auction. To make this year’s auction even more intriguing, some of the items will include NFTs from contributors.
Richards will auction off a black Gibson ES-335 electric acoustic guitar, the cornerstone of the Gibson ES lineup, according to Julien’s Auctions. The guitar is hand signed by Keith Richards in silver marker and the auction item will include a unique 4 second NFT video of Richards signing the guitar at Germano Studios in New York. It is a “1 in 1 NFT edition”, which means it is “a single, non-interchangeable unit of data stored on the blockchain”. It is also the first NFT ever offered by Richards. The guitar is estimated to sell for between $6,000 and $8,000.
“We are honored to be the platform to create the first-ever Keith Richards NFT,” OneOf co-founder Adam Fell said in a statement. that can empower musicians for generations to come.
McCartney, meanwhile, will auction off a Hofner-branded B-Bass Hi Series violin bass guitar. The bass is signed McCartney on the body in black felt. This item is important to rock history, as Julien’s Auctions notes that McCartney was “responsible for elevating the Hofner violin bass guitar to celebrity status after playing it while performing and recording with the Beatles” at occasions as notable as the Apple Rooftop concert and the Let It Be album recording sessions. Although not McCartney’s personal bass, this one is of a similar make and model. This item comes with a soft case and a photograph of McCartney signing the guitar.
A highlight of the auction is sure to be Mitchell’s original artist’s proof of jimi hendrix, based on an oil painting by Mitchell herself. The painting depicts Hendrix with angel wings setting his guitar on fire at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967. According to the auction listing, Mitchell prefers to think of the late musician “in paradise.” The print is hand signed by Mitchell. She will be honored as MusiCares Person of the Year 2022.
For more auction items, check out Julien’s Auctions here.