In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Don McLean‘s timeless classic “American Pie,” Julien’s Auctions is organizing an auction of the folk rock recording legend’s memorabilia.
The exclusive event, titled “Property From The Life And Career Of Don Mclean,” will be held in New York City On November 11.
The premier auction will feature more than 90 guitars from McLean’s personal collection, the original handwritten and annotated lyrics to his song “Vincent (Starry, Starry Night),” and stage and album cover-worn clothing, vintage watches, jewelry, knives and western gear.
Highlights from the collection include a ribbed crimson shirt worn by McLean on the front and back sleeve of his iconic 1971 album American Pie; A 1955 Gretsch Ukulele, the first musical instrument ever owned by McLean; A 1929 Martin 000-28 herringbone acoustic guitar acquired by McLean in Santa Monica; A pair of Gucci brand GG0872S sunglasses owned and worn by McLean; and a Martin D-45 acoustic guitar used extensively by McLean while on the road.
The 50th anniversary of “American Pie” has been feted with a new version of the song (recorded with the a cappella group Home Free), a new children’s book, and a documentary from Paramount+.
The Day the Music Died: The Story of Don McLean’s American Pie explores the genesis and significance of McLean’s signature song as well as the ongoing analysis and debate over its lyrics. In celebration of this milestone, McLean will embark on a world tour with an extensive run of concerts in the U.S., the U.K., Scandinavia and more.
Special exhibitions for the public to view highlighted items prior to the auction will be held at The Museum of Style Icons in Newbridge, Ireland, from October 6 to November 3, and at the Hard Rock Cafe New York from November 7 to 13.
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