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433 [TotalFark]
2021-04-19 11:47:07 PM  
His famous "Major Tom" guitar.  From 2003.

You know how he did love his acoustics in the 2000's.
 
2021-04-20 3:44:25 AM  

433: His famous "Major Tom" guitar.  From 2003.

You know how he did love his acoustics in the 2000's.


Still seems cheap for a Bowie-signed guitar he apparently played.
 
433 [TotalFark]
2021-04-20 3:57:31 AM  

Jeff5: Still seems cheap for a Bowie-signed guitar he apparently played.


There are reasons why it's cheap, apart from the signature and the idea that he touched it.  Bowie's estate is not small.  The items that could potentially be placed up for auction are innumerous. 7000 pounds for a guitar he's clearly known to have touched at least once can easily become 700 pounds over the next 20 years, or largely worthless in less than that.  7000 to have it now.

Don't get me wrong, David Bowie was incredible and everyone wants to have been a huge fan since he died, but that guitar ain't sh*t.  It's his handwriting.  Show me the guitars used on the actual song, the microphones, the mixing desk.  Get what I'm after?  He autographed a guitar, so what?

It's not like he was throwing acoustics into the mix at that period, he did that signature for a favor, 50 quid.
 
2021-04-20 4:24:42 AM  

433: Jeff5: Still seems cheap for a Bowie-signed guitar he apparently played.

There are reasons why it's cheap, apart from the signature and the idea that he touched it.  Bowie's estate is not small.  The items that could potentially be placed up for auction are innumerous. 7000 pounds for a guitar he's clearly known to have touched at least once can easily become 700 pounds over the next 20 years, or largely worthless in less than that.  7000 to have it now.

Don't get me wrong, David Bowie was incredible and everyone wants to have been a huge fan since he died, but that guitar ain't sh*t.  It's his handwriting.  Show me the guitars used on the actual song, the microphones, the mixing desk.  Get what I'm after?  He autographed a guitar, so what?

It's not like he was throwing acoustics into the mix at that period, he did that signature for a favor, 50 quid.


Certainly not my forte, so I won't be chasing it by any means, this is more up my alley, bought that 4 months after the only other example publicly sold in the last 20+ years brought $34,500 at Rock Island Auction. They may actually be the only two ever made, probably built for a train-borne bison hunt a few years either side of Custer's Big Misadventure. He was a highly-regarded shotgun maker who only built rifles on request from very good customers.
 
2021-04-20 8:01:22 AM  
Only 7000?
 
2021-04-20 9:17:41 AM  
A Takamini 12 string?
 
2021-04-20 10:21:08 AM  
Peter Schilling - Major Tom (Coming Home) (Official Video)
Youtube wO0A0XcWy88
 
2021-04-20 10:34:23 AM  
I've got some scratch burning a hole in my pocket and a girlfriend who would be ecstatic over a gift like this. I'd probably need to tap out pretty quick as bids will far exceed what I'm willing or able to spend.
 
2021-04-20 11:34:45 AM  
Major Tom Speaks to More Responsible Ground Control
Youtube gYKU3548A9I
 
2021-04-20 1:38:35 PM  
My wife would consider donating a kidney to have this. I thought I should watch that my fandom of the Grateful Dead didn't reach ridiculous proportions, but Bowie is fused to my leading lady's identity to a point that I am amazed by. She is still mourning actively Bowie. It seems much to me sometimes, but I value her loyalty as much as her strangeness.

We both gravitated to our favorite artists because we were different, and felt like we didn't fit in to a community. Bowie and the Dead had different ways of carving out their own space, but they were both models for us on how to enjoy identifying as oddballs. She went with "Yeah I'm weird, Fark You!" and I went with "you do your thing, and I'll be happy over here with my thing". We were fortunate enough to meet after we had both become comfortable in our own skin.

Anyone who modelled a path to feeling OK with and even being successful with an outsider identity is going to be very important to people.
 
2021-04-20 2:27:39 PM  

shabu: My wife would consider donating a kidney to have this. I thought I should watch that my fandom of the Grateful Dead didn't reach ridiculous proportions, but Bowie is fused to my leading lady's identity to a point that I am amazed by. She is still mourning actively Bowie. It seems much to me sometimes, but I value her loyalty as much as her strangeness.

We both gravitated to our favorite artists because we were different, and felt like we didn't fit in to a community. Bowie and the Dead had different ways of carving out their own space, but they were both models for us on how to enjoy identifying as oddballs. She went with "Yeah I'm weird, Fark You!" and I went with "you do your thing, and I'll be happy over here with my thing". We were fortunate enough to meet after we had both become comfortable in our own skin.

Anyone who modelled a path to feeling OK with and even being successful with an outsider identity is going to be very important to people.


My problem is I see everything from a junk dealer's perspective, mainly moving something from the wrong market to a better one. Everything's value is based on what I can make from it.

Your wife would value this guitar completely differently, to her the value would be intrinsic, not with reference to any resale value because she would never consider selling it. The fact that, other than Bowie, it has no connection to "Major Tom" wouldn't matter to her. Auctions are always weird, you should keep an eye on it. That rifle I posted earlier got overlooked in an auction of almost nothing but high-end guns, a couple brought six digits, and I cannot explain why mine knocked down for $30,000 less that an almost identical one from a few months before.
 
2021-04-20 6:45:29 PM  

Jeff5: shabu: My wife would consider donating a kidney to have this. I thought I should watch that my fandom of the Grateful Dead didn't reach ridiculous proportions, but Bowie is fused to my leading lady's identity to a point that I am amazed by. She is still mourning actively Bowie. It seems much to me sometimes, but I value her loyalty as much as her strangeness.

We both gravitated to our favorite artists because we were different, and felt like we didn't fit in to a community. Bowie and the Dead had different ways of carving out their own space, but they were both models for us on how to enjoy identifying as oddballs. She went with "Yeah I'm weird, Fark You!" and I went with "you do your thing, and I'll be happy over here with my thing". We were fortunate enough to meet after we had both become comfortable in our own skin.

Anyone who modelled a path to feeling OK with and even being successful with an outsider identity is going to be very important to people.

My problem is I see everything from a junk dealer's perspective, mainly moving something from the wrong market to a better one. Everything's value is based on what I can make from it.

Your wife would value this guitar completely differently, to her the value would be intrinsic, not with reference to any resale value because she would never consider selling it. The fact that, other than Bowie, it has no connection to "Major Tom" wouldn't matter to her. Auctions are always weird, you should keep an eye on it. That rifle I posted earlier got overlooked in an auction of almost nothing but high-end guns, a couple brought six digits, and I cannot explain why mine knocked down for $30,000 less that an almost identical one from a few months before.


I agree with your evaluation. I like my dead merch, but I avoid collections because I don't want to maintain an archive or worry about valuations. Her collection is random, impulsive, and irrational. Much like her choice to fall in love with me. So yeah, I will watch it just in case.
 
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