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- Posted on Mar 25th 2011 3:00PM by Steve Baltin
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It is an extensive collection of the guitarist's belongings, from a prized Corvette and motorcycle to furniture, clothing, signed memorabilia and, yes, model dinosaurs. So why do this now? "The first thing that happened was I got rid of a huge portion of t-shirts. Anybody that knows me knows that I have more t-shirts than pretty much any store," he says. "Then we moved into a new house and we had all this stuff in storage. And we're like, 'This doesn't get used, so an auction would be really, really cool. Let's give it away to charity and just let some of this stuff go.' It was definitely an exercise in tearing yourself away from things."
What were some of the toughest items for him to part with? "The hardest thing for me to let go was the car. That was the last thing and something I went back and forth with," he says. "The car, a couple of different articles of clothing, a couple of leather jackets and some of the dinosaur stuff. The dinosaur stuff I was like, 'Kids, here's your second chance. You want it?' But they weren't really into that."
The catalog that accompanies the auction also includes a story of how one of the leather jackets being sold was stolen and then recovered by Slash and his security guard from the thief. Still, Slash says the catalog doesn't come close to telling the real stories. "All things considered, the stuff that's in here has a lot of history that couldn't possibly be detailed in the catalog," he says. "There's really cool, heavy s--- in here. This stuff has a lot of back story, some of it very debaucherous." One example is the furniture. "There are people sitting on that couch not even thinking about ...," he trails off, laughing, leaving the rest to imagination.
Will he share the stories if the prices get high enough? "Well, somebody might want to know," he says. "They can always get it from me in writing later."
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