Wanna Buy Slash's Corvette, Top Hats -- Dinosaurs?
Billboard reports that Guns N Roses (and Velvet Revolver, Snakepit, etc.) Slash will be holding a garage sale of unwanted stuff that has accumulated in his house. Now, him being Slash, this means the garage sale is run by a big-time Beverly Hills auction house and that if you wanna get hold of Slashabilia, you're gonna have to outbid crazed Japanese Slashophiles. Among the items the Behatted One is unloading? A Corvette, a bunch of old clothes (including--yup--top hats), and ... dinosaurs!:
"I have a bad habit of collecting stuff that I don't necessarily use," Slash told Reuters, calling from a tour bus en route to a show in Oklahoma.
The crown jewel is a 1966 Corvette Stingray, estimated to sell for at least $90,000 to $100,000, and described by Slash as "a monster of a car."
It was the toughest item to let go of, because it was the first good car he ever bought just as Guns N' Roses were becoming big stars in the late 1980s, and it is largely in original condition. Fluffy dice are included.
He estimates he has about 100 guitars, and will sell 14 of them at the auction. Among them is a Guild acoustic on which he recorded the band's early ballad "Patience." Also on the block are various custom and one-of-a-kind Telecaster, Stratocaster, Sanchez, Epiphone and B.C. Rich models.
Jackets, T-shirts and jewelry -- with skull motifs in abundance -- are going on sale, and two of Slash's trademark top hats.
And then there are the model dinosaurs, which would thrill any 6-year-old boy and evidently did the same to an adult rock star.
"My house was completely immersed in prehistoric animal lore," when he started dating his wife, Slash said. But she married him anyway.
Auctioneer Darren Julien said he expected most of the items to end up overseas, particularly in Japan and other Asian markets where Guns N' Roses are still revered.