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Press Release - November 9, 2018

Dan Fogelberg-Owned Gretsch ‘White Penguin’ Guitar Offered in Heritage Auctions’ Vintage Guitars & Musical Instruments Auction

Extremely rare instrument considered among "Holy Grail” collectible guitars

Dan Fogelberg 1958 Gretsch White Penguin Guitar
DALLAS, Texas (November 9, 2018) — An extremely rare Gretsch guitar, referred to as one of the "Holy Grails” of vintage guitars, is being offered at Heritage Auctions’ Vintage Guitars & Musical Instruments Auction Nov. 10 in Dallas.

Dan Fogelberg’s 1958 Gretsch White Penguin 6134 Solid Body Electric Guitar, Serial # 26377 (estimate: $190,000+) is an extraordinarily rare instrument, with fewer than a dozen of this model believed to remain in existence.

"This guitar is an exceptional instrument that can become the centerpiece of just about any collection of elite guitars,” Heritage Auctions Entertainment Director Garry Shrum said. "Gretsch guitars always are in high demand, and this particular model was especially rare, with only a few dozen made in the 10 years in which it was made.”

A celebrated singer, composer and multi-instrumental musician known for such songs as Longer, Leader of the Band and Same Old Lang Syne, Fogelberg bought the instrument in 1972 from a world-renowned guitar store in Nashville, Tennessee. After he died in 2007, his family consigned the guitar to the current owner through the same store, solidifying continuous ownership provenance.

Fogelberg played the guitar on solo work for the song As the Raven Flies from the 1974 Souvenirs album, which also featured Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh. The instrument also was featured prominently in his first music video, for his 1983 hit The Language of Love.

The guitar is accompanied by an autographed photo of Fogelberg holding the instrument, an autographed photo of Fogelberg from the video for The Language of Love, notes describing the guitar’s wiring and confirming the guitar’s use in recordings, a copy of the February 2005 Vintage Guitar magazine featuring the article written by George Gruhn and Donald Carter, and the instrument’s hard case.

Heritage Auctions is the largest fine art and collectibles auction house founded in the United States, and the world’s largest collectibles auctioneer. Heritage maintains offices in New York, Dallas, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, Chicago, Palm Beach, London, Paris, Geneva, Amsterdam and Hong Kong.

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Steve Lansdale, Public Relations Specialist

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