This 1956 Gibson LG-1 will be up for auction this Sunday at Madison, Wisconsin's Barrymore Theater

Beat poet, writer, punk rock legend, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Patti Smith and her band will crank it up this Sunday, August 5 in Madison, Wisconsin at the Barrymore Theater. Smith’s appearance and an auction of a 1956 Gibson LG-1 will benefit the work of the Wisconsin-based nonprofit Center for Media and Democracy (CMD).

Hundreds of Smith fans packing the theater will have an opportunity to bid on items in a silent auction, with auction proceeds fully supporting the work of CMD. Though Smith has donated a number of signed items to the auction, the premier auction offering is her 1956 Gibson LG-1 acoustic guitar to be signed by her at the event. A 50-year-old Gibson guitar is a fitting auction item since Smith’s very first guitar was an L-00 Gibson acoustic made in the 1930s. Of her own Gibson she’s said, “I bought it in 1971, and I still have it. It’s the guitar I write most of my songs on. It’s my most precious guitar.”

John Stauber, founder and executive director of CMD, notes, “The guitar Patti will sign for our auction was donated by our Director of Internet Technology, Tricia Barden, who herself is a heck of a rock guitarist. It’s been a favorite of Tricia’s for decades; she was thinking of selling it, but decided to donate it for Patti to sign and benefit CMD.”

Bidding on the Patti Smith-autographed Gibson guitar will begin at $750, with a reserve price of $1,000. If bidding does not reach $1,000 at the concert it will be opened up to a larger audience over the Internet.

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Photo Credit: John Stauber