Published Jul 23, 2015In 2013, founding Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman died of alcohol-related cirrhosis. Now, more than two years later, some of the late thrash metal axeman's prized instruments are hitting the auction block.
The auction is being arranged by Hanneman's estate along with ESP Guitars. All of the guitars are being auctioned off in their original cases, and come with items found in the cases (like strings, cables, pedals, and guitar straps) plus a certificate of authenticity.
According to a description from ESP, each instrument that's up for sale "is a one-of-a-kind custom guitar that was in Jeff's personal collection, and he is known to have played all of them on various Slayer tours and recordings." Hanneman had a tendency to customize his instruments with stickers and designs, and these are all preserved. (That's one such customized axe above.)
Currently, there are three instruments on the auction block and one more listed as coming soon. Go here for more information on the guitars; if you've got enough cash, you can place a bid. The starting bid for each item is $12,000 USD ($15,604 CAD).
A portion of the proceeds from the auction will go to the Wounded Warrior Project, a charity that Hanneman supported. It's an organization that supports veterans wounded in the military actions that followed September 11.
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