Kirk Pengilly to auction INXS guitars

INXS guitarist Kirk Pengilly is selling more than 30 of his prized guitars, including the one he played on INXS hit New Sensation and a Fender Stratocaster he played on several of the band’s 90s albums.

The instruments are part of Pengilly’s private collection of 43 lots, estimated to be worth $159,600 to $229,500, that will be up for auction through Sotheby’s Australia in Sydney next month.

The guitarist and one of the founding members of the band is putting more than 30 guitars up for sale and a Selmer MK-VI baritone saxophone that he played on the recordings of 1991 song Bitter Tears and 1992’s All Around, estimated at $8,000-$12,000.

The standout in the collection is a 1964 Fender L-Series Stratocaster Candy Apple Red guitar from 1964 that Pengilly used on several albums from the 1990s, estimated at $35,000-$45,000.

“This is my favourite guitar in the collection. I used it on various records from the X album onwards. A truly great sounding instrument,” Pengilly said.

It’s a timely auction considering there has been some activity around the band over the past year.

With the 20th anniversary of Michael Hutchence’s death in November, at least two documentaries on his life are due for release; one that will air on the Seven Network and another directed by Richard Lowenstein, who directed 16 music videos for INXS.

The band’s manager Chris Murphy also revealed last year that he was preparing an exhibition of the band’s archives and had several other projects in the works, including live events and a potential musical.

The vast collection up for auction also includes studio microphones from Rhinoceros Recordings, the Sydney recording studio of INXS, and various other recording equipment.

* The Kirk Pengilly (INXS) Collection will be auctioned on October 24 by Sotheby’s Australia at The Hughenden, 14 Queen Street, Woollahra, Sydney. The collection will be exhibited in 30 & 34 Queen Street, Woollahra, Sydney, from October 19-24.

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