The estate of the late Steely Dan founding member Walter Becker put the musician's vast array of guitars and musical equipment on auction last week through Julien's Auctions. It's now been revealed that the sale generated a cool $3.3 million dollars.
The auction included a whopping 600 guitars and 400 amplifiers, making for the largest collection of musical gear ever sold by Julien's since its inception 17 years ago.
"It's phenomenal," Darren Julien, owner of Julien's Auctions, told Billboard. "Who else had this many guitars and this many amps? Who else had a collection like this? It's unbelievable. And he didn't just buy them because they looked great. He literally played all of them and that's what made this collection unique."
Among the most sought-after items at the auction included a 1957 Fender Duo-Sonic electric guitar seen in the liner notes of Steely Dan's 1977 LP Aja which sold for $57,600 after being valued at $4,000- $6,000. There was also a red Sadowsky Telecaster-style solid body electric guitar nicknamed "Josie" played by Becker in 1995 on The Late Show with David Letterman and on his 1996 Art Crimes tour. That guitar went for $25,600 after being valued at $3,000-$4,000.