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A saxophone that former president Monthly bill Clinton played at his inaugural ball in 1993 — and was signed by attendees which include Michael Jackson — will be among celebrity musical devices to hit the block at Guernsey’s Century of Tunes auction on July 14 and 15.
The sax was also signed by Jack Nicholson, Mick Fleetwood, Christine McVie, Macaulay Culkin, Michael Bolton, Stevie Nicks, and Goldie Hawn. McVie wrote “Don’t Cease!” on the horn, a reference to the Fleetwood Mac tune that was the concept for Clinton’s 1992 marketing campaign.
It is estimated to go for up to $40,000, in accordance to the auction house, with bidding starting at $15,000. It also arrives with a press move and invitation to the inaugural function.
Rock fans can also purchase guitars at the auction that have been performed by Eddie Van Halen, Bo Diddley, Eric Clapton and Paul McCartney, as properly as a “Daisy Rock” axe signed at the 2006 Grammys by Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Nicole Kidman and Keith City.
Experiences at the time of Clinton’s inauguration provided the element that at the night’s Arkansas ball — one particular of 11 official balls — Clinton “accepted a saxophone from musician Ben E. King and tooted absent to the delight of the people today from his house state.”
Musical execs back then were being predicting a growth in sax sales since of the president’s beloved instrument. As element of the sax celebrations surrounding Clinton using the White Home at the time, HBO aired a pre-inaugural distinctive, “A Contact for Reunion: A Musical Celebration,” showcasing saxophonists this sort of as Dave Koz, David Sanborn, Kenny G, Curtis Stigers, Grover Washington Jr. and other folks blowing their horns.
Also up for sale in Guernsey’s rock auction is an Elton John piano, manage area speakers from Jimi Hendrix’s Electrical Lady recording studio, outfits worn by Billie Getaway and Buddy Holly, and artwork by John Lennon.
There is also a 1969 hand-painted directional map from the original Woodstock live performance, as well as the front doors of the famed Chelsea Resort, which was dwelling to several rock legends in Manhattan.