Ian Curtis' Vox for sale

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Ian Curtis' Vox for sale

Post by FrankRay » Sat Oct 10, 2020 8:41 am

So for anyone with a love of Joy Division and a spare £80,000, Ian Curtis' Vox Phantom for sale at Bonham's, directly from his daughter's collection. Estimate £60-80,000. Not bad bearing in mind it's said he could only play D major on it.

Not sure if I'd actually want it, personally, though. Perhaps a bit too voodoo for my liking. I'd much prefer Keith Levene's long lost veleno, I think. Still genuinely iconic.

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Re: Ian Curtis' Vox for sale

Post by Unicorn Warrior » Sat Oct 10, 2020 4:20 pm

I love stuff like this

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Re: Ian Curtis' Vox for sale

Post by sumlin » Mon Oct 12, 2020 8:46 am

FrankRay wrote:
Sat Oct 10, 2020 8:41 am
Keith Levene's long lost veleno, I think. Still genuinely iconic.
It's the one in Electrical Audio. Which means it was used on Public Image *and* In Utero. Had Gibson P90s for a bit but now back to stock. The Levene Wedge was at EA too but was sold, I believe Vincent Gallo has it now. Both guitars were sold by Levene to Chelsea Guitars in NYC in the 80s.

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Re: Ian Curtis' Vox for sale

Post by eggwheat » Mon Oct 12, 2020 1:20 pm

Funny..you wouldn't think it was that valuable since he wasn't the guitarist.

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Re: Ian Curtis' Vox for sale

Post by eggwheat » Mon Oct 12, 2020 1:25 pm

sumlin wrote:
Mon Oct 12, 2020 8:46 am
It's the one in Electrical Audio. Which means it was used on Public Image *and* In Utero. Had Gibson P90s for a bit but now back to stock. The Levene Wedge was at EA too but was sold, I believe Vincent Gallo has it now. Both guitars were sold by Levene to Chelsea Guitars in NYC in the 80s.
Yes I remember him offering silly money for a wedge years ago on all the forums. He also asked to buy John McGeoch's guitar from me. Likes his post punk guitarists..

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Re: Ian Curtis' Vox for sale

Post by FrankRay » Tue Oct 13, 2020 2:22 pm

sumlin wrote:
Mon Oct 12, 2020 8:46 am
FrankRay wrote:
Sat Oct 10, 2020 8:41 am
Keith Levene's long lost veleno, I think. Still genuinely iconic.
It's the one in Electrical Audio. Which means it was used on Public Image *and* In Utero. Had Gibson P90s for a bit but now back to stock. The Levene Wedge was at EA too but was sold, I believe Vincent Gallo has it now. Both guitars were sold by Levene to Chelsea Guitars in NYC in the 80s.
Cool!! I thought it was stolen. Hey ho. Nice to know it continues to be used.

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Re: Ian Curtis' Vox for sale

Post by PorkyPrimeCut » Tue Oct 13, 2020 10:42 pm

Sold for $276,480.
You think you can't, you wish you could, I know you can, I wish you would. Slip inside this house as you pass by.

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Re: Ian Curtis' Vox for sale

Post by mcbrandt » Tue Oct 20, 2020 10:35 am

Jesus.

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Re: Ian Curtis' Vox for sale

Post by SignoftheDragon » Tue Oct 20, 2020 12:38 pm

:wtf:

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Re: Ian Curtis' Vox for sale

Post by mgeek » Tue Oct 20, 2020 12:51 pm

About what you'd expect really, it's a pretty iconic guitar and loads of people are obsessed with Joy Division

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Re: Ian Curtis' Vox for sale

Post by mcbrandt » Wed Oct 21, 2020 8:31 am

I wonder why she sold it in the first place.

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Re: Ian Curtis' Vox for sale

Post by preservation » Wed Oct 21, 2020 1:17 pm

love Ian Curtis. I hope his kiddo is OK.

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Re: Ian Curtis' Vox for sale

Post by Nick and the Noise » Fri Oct 23, 2020 12:15 am

PorkyPrimeCut wrote:
Tue Oct 13, 2020 10:42 pm
Sold for $276,480.
No love lost.

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Re: Ian Curtis' Vox for sale

Post by burpgun » Fri Oct 23, 2020 9:33 am

The daughter sold it, right? Even it was the wife, hard to blame them for wanting to move some of his stuff along. I'd guess they've comes to terms with Ian's suicide given how long ago it was. But at the same time, the wife was very young and the daughter an infant when it happened. That was a lot to put on them, and quite a legacy for them to defend and tend to over the years. Seems right that something valuable from all that might get them some money they can use for something.

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Re: Ian Curtis' Vox for sale

Post by UlricvonCatalyst » Fri Oct 23, 2020 9:57 am

PorkyPrimeCut wrote:
Tue Oct 13, 2020 10:42 pm
Sold for $276,480.
burpgun wrote:
Fri Oct 23, 2020 9:33 am
Seems right that something valuable from all that might get them some money they can use for something.
And I thought it was a tad dear at £80, 000. Ironically, more or less dead on the average house price in Manchester at the time of writing. Wish I could trade a guitar for a house.

Off topic, anyone else here see him playing it? I know David Shadowplay and me have, just curious how many other Dadrockers we have here who can say "Back in my day you only had to know D major to be an icon".

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