Rush’s Alex Lifeson To Auction Over 60 Vintage Guitars, Other Memorabilia

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More than 60 vintage guitars and other career memorabilia from the personal collection of legendary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame guitarist Alex Lifeson will be auctioned at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York on May 22.

Called “Property From The Archives of Alex Lifeson,” auction is part of Julien Auction’s three-day “Music Icons” auction beginning May 20.

Highlights from the collection include a 1976 custom-built Gibson ES-355TD, aka “Whitey,” played by Lifeson throughout most of his career with Rush; A 1970 Gibson Les Paul acquired by Lifeson during Rush’s inaugural tour and played extensively on all Rush albums and tours from Fly By Night and 2112 to Hemispheres; A 1971 Jose Ramirez acoustic guitar used by Lifeson to record all classical-style tracks on the album Hemispheres; and a 1980 custom Hentor Sportscaster, favored by Lifeson as his primary instrument for soloing.

Additional items on offer will include concert and tour ephemera, passes, and photographs as well as original lyric sheets.

The Rush co-founder is set to release his self-titled debut LP from new band Envy of None on April 18, featuring a song dedicated to late Rush bandmate and drum legend Neil Peart.

Those who can’t make it out to Beverly Hills to bid in person can still watch all the action as well as take part in the auctioning online at Julien’s Live https://www.julienslive.com/.

(Photo: Julien’s Auctions)

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