This weekend, musical equipment belonging to the late Walter Becker of Steely Dan has officially hit the auction block.
Considered a "gear head's gear head," Becker amassed an enviable collection of rare and expensive instruments over the years. Among the items up for auction this weekend via Julien's Auctions include Becker’s 1957 Fender Duo-Sonic guitar featured in the liner photographs to Steely Dan’s1977 album, Aja.
“It was a profession and also kind of a hobby,” explained Jason Watkins, who helped catalog and research Becker’s holdings, to The L.A. Times. “He would stop in any guitar shop he saw and pick up things from all over the world.”
Fans and potential buyers in the Los Angeles area can see the impressive display in-person at Julien's Beverly Hills location.
“Julien’s Auctions is thrilled to offer this exceptional collection of musical instruments and gear owned and cherished by Walter Becker,” siad Darren Julien, CEO and president of Julien’s Auctions, in a press statement. “Walter Becker was legendary for his unique sound, his curiosity, his knowledge, his high audiophile standards and his pleasure in experimenting to find just the right sonic landscape that would best support his creative and musical intentions. This fine and wide-ranging collection reflects all of these characteristics — and more — that helped make Walter Becker one of the most talented and respected all-around musicians and sonic connoisseurs of his generation.”
The two-day auction is happening this weekend (Oct. 18-19), and can be accessed here.