Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Eric Clapton's guitars

Here, from the NY Times, is an article explaining (you judge the effectiveness) the desire to own objects that have belonged to famous people. I became curious about this phenomenon when I heard that a world-class motorcycle racer, not a musician, who'd made good money in the sport, was buying "collector" guitars.

8 comments:

Larry and Heather said...

Larry says -- the autographed thing, replica or otherwise, has value to me only if it was autographed for me IN MY PRESENCE. We have replica TdF yellow jerseys on the walls of our home/office autographed by the likes of Bernard Hinault and Greg LeMond as well as pink jerseys from the Giro with the signatures of Gianni Bugno and Francesco Moser -- all of which were done in our presence by the great riders themselves. THOSE have value as they are memories of actually meeting these people. We have other autographed memorabilia that was given to us by friends with autographs from Felice Gimondi, among others. These have lesser value because they were autographed without us being there. CREATING a replica of a bike used by one of the greats might be fun project but simply purchasing one, especially one of a series of "manufactured" replicas (as in the Clapton guitars)makes no sense to me, just the same as the "officialy licensed and autographed sports memorabilia" you see for sale in shopping malls. But they must sell a lot of this stuff to someone!

jim said...

Sorry, this isn't a comment, just trying to get a message to Maynard. These folks are looking for you regarding a Coors/Zinger reunion party during the upcoming Quizno's race. ZingerCoors@gmail.com . Cheers.

David Cunliffe said...

Non related but I'm a U.K.fan of your writing in Motorcycle Sport and Leisure.I wrote to Tony Carter last month and REALLY upset him re.his "Diavel is bike of the Century".Obviously,as God,he didn't print my letter but seems to have found 3 friends to write in support this month.Letter of the week indeed!Thought your article was bang on mate,nice one.

Larry and Heather said...

Come back Maynard, we miss you!

julianopappalardo said...

Mr. Maynard, my name is Juliano I´m 24 yo and I with some friends are trying to sell a bicycle trailer here, in Brazil, I am making its manual of use and tips, and I would like to translate the p. 58 of the Bridgeston Catalogue, of course I would write your name and I would write your blog, that´s a nice text. I was happy to know you still write since those days the site of our idea is: reboqueborboleta.wordpress.com

TQ said...

Are you the Maynard Hershon who hung around the Phase 3 Coffee House in Bloomington, Indiana in the spring of 1963?

Anonymous said...

Miss your write-s, Maynard...

Herb & Nicole said...

Hi Maynard

Remember me? Herb Mesler.

Discovered you on Twitter and am following you but did not see an option to contact you.

Would love hearing from you after all this time.

You can find me on Twitter: HerbMesler

Cheers!