The Gibson GuitarTown Auction at Bonhams

The Gibson GuitarTown Charity auction will benefit Los Angeles Fund for Public Education


By Alex Baker


The 2012 edition of Gibson GuitarTown on the Sunset Strip has come to an end. The exhibition ran for a year and featured giant 10-foot replicas of Gibson Les Paul guitars designed by notable artists. Each guitar was designed to commemorate artists who’d made their mark on the the Sunset Strip music scene over the decades, including Buffalo Springfield, Van Halen, the Doors, the British Invasion, and Stevie Nicks.


The guitars, which were displayed at various locations along the Strip, were designed by an array of artists including Shepard Fairey, John Kosh, and Risk.


Starting this Friday, the guitars will be auctioned off at Bonhams, with proceeds going to benefit the Los Angeles Fund for Public Education “Arts Matter” Campaign. Many of the guitars being sold in the auction have been autographed by notable figures related to the Sunset Strip scene, such as Donovan, Steven Stills, Ray Manzarek, Robbie Krieger, and Zakk Wylde. So if you’ve ever wanted to own a 10-foot tall Les Paul, this could be your big chance.


You can view the entire catalog of available guitars online at Bonhams.

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