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best parts of the remaining three and assembled his now-legendary axe "Blackie", so named for its black finish. The guitar made its stage debut at the Rainbow Concert on January 13, 1973, and Clapton played Blackie on stage and in the studio until 1985. It was retired due to issues with the neck (it made one last public appearance during the 1991 Royal Albert Hall shows, where it was brought out for one number). In 2004 the original Blackie was sold at auction to benefit Clapton's Crossroads Centre. Music equipment dealers Guitar Center purchased the one-of-a-kind guitar for a (then) record-breaking $959,500, had it examined and measured by a team of master builders at the Fender Custom Shop in 2006 and released a limited edition series of 275 reproductions, of which this is one, serial #GF515, a dead-ringer for the original Blackie that not only includes the dents and dings to the body and the worn fretboard, but even the cigarette burns to the headstock and the neck that was ever-so-slightly reshaped by Clapton's relentless hands. This one, however, is signed by Clapton on the pickguard. Estimated at $22,000+.
Stevie Ray Vaughan Signed and Played Acoustic Guitar: This humble cherry sunburst "Hummingbird" style guitar was owned by the production manager of a Brisbane, Australia radio station, purchased used in 1982. In February 1987, Stevie Ray Vaughan came through Brisbane as part of a tour package which included his brother Jimmie's band, the Fabulous Thunderbirds. Stevie Ray dropped by the station to promote the show, and the manager made sure the guitar just "happened" to be there nearby. Naturally, Stevie Ray picked it up, played a few riffs from "Scuttle Buttin'", and signed the body of the guitar, "Always Play Her With a Feeling!!! Soul to Soul! Stevie Ray Vaughan." Estimated at $30,000+.
Boris Karloff's costume from The Black Cat (1934): "The black cat is deathless, deathless as Evil!" purred Boris Karloff in The Black Cat, the darkest and most sinister of all Universal horror classics. Released in 1934, director Edgar G. Ulmer's gruesome, art-deco masterpiece was the first of eight films to feature the two most iconic figures of the genre, Karloff and Bela Lugosi. The actors were pitted against each other as age-old nemeses who face off for an epic final battle with its roots in atrocities committed during the Great War. This is a wonderful relic from one of the most hallowed of horror classics , and from one of Boris Karloff's most brilliantly frightening performances. Estimated at $20,000+.
Raymond Burr's 1959 Emmy Award for Perry Mason: This Emmy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Continuing Character) in a Dramatic Series was presented to Burr in 1959 for his work on the long-running courtroom drama. His portrayal of the stalwart defense attorney remains one of his signature performances, and this award was the first of two he would win for the role, claiming another in 1961 after an unsuccessful nomination in 1960. Estimated at $6,000+.