Rock & Roll Memorabilia in Christie's Pop Culture Sale

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A $50,000 Gibson Les Paul guitar (above) played by The Who's Pete Townshend on the American leg of the band's Quadrophenia tour stars in Christie's London's "Popular Culture: Rock & Pop Memorabilia" auction on June 14.

It's one of several important instruments in the stunning sale, including a number of other guitars from members of The Who; a 1978 Fender Precision Bass owned by Dee Dee Ramone, estimated at up to $16,000; a Selmer trumpet that belonged to Louis Armstrong, estimated at up to $5,000; and a Hohner harmonica given to Jimi Hendrix by Bob Dylan, estimated at up to $2,000.

Also on offer: rare pen and ink drawings by John Lennon, the most valuable expected to fetch up to $25,000; a jacket worn onstage by Marc Bolan of T. Rex, estimated at up to $11,500; a piece of a bass drum smashed by Kurt Cobain onstage in 1991, estimated at up to $8,000; handwritten lyrics by David Bowie, expected to fetch up to $5,000; various items of clothing worn by Michael Jackson; several gold and autographed records; and more.

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