News-Antique.com - Nov 30,-0001 - Who: President and CEO of the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company, LLC, Craig Jackson
What: Highest bidder and auction winner of exceptionally rare guitar that music legend Sir
Paul McCartney learned to play on, a REX acoustic circa 1950s.
Sale 2161 Lot 239; www.cooperowen.com
Where: Cooper Owen Music Legends Auction
Abbey Road Studios, London NW8
When: Friday, July 28
4 p.m. EST
Interviews: To interview Craig Jackson contact
Jennifer Ziegler or Alison Collins, 480-998-3154
Craig Jackson, the industry leader in collector car auctions is not just a car aficionado, but a rock ‘n’
roll fan as well. Jackson has been a collector of muscle and sports cars for the past 20 years and
owns some of the rarest ever made. Jackson offered up the highest bid today and is the proud new
owner of the first guitar Sir Paul McCartney learned to play. Owned by Ian James, a Liverpool
Institute grammar school friend of McCartney’s, the guitar fetched £329,350 ($613,974 USD)
including all fees at the Cooper Owen Music Legends Auction at the famed Abbey Road Studios
“Baby boomers are living out the soundtracks of their lives, not only in the cars reminiscent of their
youth that they purchase at our auctions, but with the memorabilia that represents the music that
rocked the airwaves in the ’60s and ’70s,” said Jackson. “I’m proud to be a part of this generation
and to own such an important piece of rock memorabilia.”
Jackson is attributed with being a visionary in the automotive sector because of his prediction of the
future demand and worth of muscle cars. Jackson also has a large interest in rock ‘n’ roll
memorabilia and has developed a personal relationship with John Collins, managing director of
Cooper Owen, a fellow car enthusiast and esteemed car collector. Their shared passion of fine
collectibles and the auction industry has made for a strong friendship.
“I trust Cooper Owen because it offers the most authentic rock memorabilia in the world,” added
Jackson. “They have earned buyers’ confidence through professionalism, expertise and due
diligence, something Barrett-Jackson has accomplished as well in the collector car industry.
Established in 1971 and headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Barrett-Jackson specializes in providing
products and services to classic and collector car owners, astute collectors and automotive
enthusiasts around the world. The company produces the “World’s Greatest Collector Car
Events™” in Scottsdale and Palm Beach, Fla. For more information about Barrett-Jackson, visit
www.barrett-jackson.com or call (480) 421-6694.