J. Geils For Sale

Wealth of instruments and other gear up for auction this week

By Gary Graff
November 14, 2017

Want to own a piece of the late J. Geils? It can happen now thanks to an auction taking place this week online. The just-started Boston Live auction which runs through Sunday (November 19), features more than 160 items from the late guitarist and J. Geils Band founder, who died April 11 at the age of 71.

Bidding is taking place at, and the Geils lots involved include:

⚫ Gibson Les Paul Goldtop Electric Guitar, 1952 (Lot 341, estimate $8,000-12,000)

⚫ D’Angelico Excel Archtop Guitar, 1940 (Lot 354, estimate $6,000-8,000)

⚫ Stromberg Master 400 Archtop guitar, circa 1940 (Lot 355, estimate $8,000-12,000)

⚫ J. Geils Band Centerfold Record Gold Sales Award, 1981 (Lot 1024)

⚫ Numerous Fender and Gibson amplifiers from the 1930s through the 1960s

⚫ Gibson Nick Lucas Special Acoustic Guitar, circa 1929 (Lot 334, estimate $5,500-6,500)

⚫ Vega D-46 Duo-Tron Electric Guitar circa 1950 (Lot 1001)

⚫ Clothing includes a Nudie Suit, 1973, jacket, pants and two shirts (Lot 399, estimate $400-600)

⚫ Trumpets from a variety of makers (Lots 1080-1169) that represent Geils’ early interest in the cornet and jazz trumpet.

⚫ A large complement of fine fretted bowed, and wind instruments are also on offer.

Noteworthy highlights include:

⚫ Spanish Classical Guitar, Ignacio Fleta, Barcelona, 1976, with case. (Lot 8, $20,000-30,000)

⚫ Italian Violoncello, Ascribed to Giuseppe Pedrazzini, 1920, with case. Certificate: William Moennig & Son, 1970. (Lot 17, $25,000-35,000)

⚫ German Violin, Sebastian Klotz, Mittenwald, 1771, with case. Certificate: Rembert Wurlitzer, Inc., 1972. (Lot 67, $12,000-15,000)

⚫ Gibson Style H-5 Mandola, 1924, serial no. 74871, signed by Lloyd Loar, with original case. This rarity is one of about twenty known examples. (Lot 327, estimate $35,000-55,000).