Christie's To Auction Off Punk Rock History Records, artwork, instruments, posters and tour-related items will be auctioned at Christie's on Monday. The guitar Kurt Cobain owned as a teenager is expected to go for close to $80,000.
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Christie's To Auction Off Punk Rock History

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Christie's To Auction Off Punk Rock History

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See more images below. A signed photo of Blondie singer Debbie Harry (left) and a David Bowie collage by famed rock photographer Mick Rock are two of the items up for auction. Christie's Images Ltd. 2008 hide caption

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Punk rock memorabilia, including records, instruments, original artwork and tour-related items, go on the auction block at Christie's in New York on Monday.

"We're not trying to make any statements here," Simeon Lipman, pop culture director for Christie's, tells Alex Cohen. "We're just trying to offer the collectors out there an opportunity to obtain something that they might not have been able to obtain 30 years ago."

Among the items in the auction are old flyers and posters for shows by punk bands like Black Flag, The Ramones, Circle Jerks. The Sears guitar Kurt Cobain owned as a teenager is expected to go for close to $80,000.

These are treasures Lipman says were never meant to be held on to.

"These are things that mom threw out when you went away to college," Lipman says. "The fact that these pieces survived make them very special and really generate a lot of nostalgia for collectors — and that's why we like to offer stuff like this."

The most expensive item at the auction is this Vox Continental Portable Organ used by John Lennon. Estimated price is between $150,000 and $200,000. Christie's Images Ltd. 2008 hide caption

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Going for an estimated $60,000-$80,000, this Sears model bass guitar was used by Kurt Cobain to record his early demos at his aunt's home in Aberdeen, Wash. The item comes with an image of a teenage Cobain playing the bass, and a letter from his aunt regarding the provenance of the guitar. Christie's Images Ltd. 2008 hide caption

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Original artwork for the cover of the Beastie Boys' 1986 debut album License to Ill, by artist David Gambale could sell for as much as $30,000. The iconic image was created by assembling a photographic collage of a plane crash, then meticulously drawing over the components and hand-coloring them with water soluble crayon. Christie's Images Ltd. 2008 hide caption

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This David Bowie collage by Mick Rock is expected to go for between $1,500 and $2,000. Christie's Images Ltd. 2008 hide caption

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An oversized photograph of Debbie Harry, signed and inscribed with lyrics from the Blondie song "One Way or Another," is expected to fetch $1,000 to $1,500. Christie's Images Ltd. 2008 hide caption

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Christie's Images Ltd. 2008