Kirk Pengilly is auctioning off the guitars he used to play with INXS

Kirk Pengilly with some of his guitar collection going up for auction. Photo: Daniel Kneebon/Sotheby’s Australia

INXS co-founder Kirk Pengilly has given Australian music some of the most memorable sounds of the last 30 years on both guitar and saxophone.

Along the way, he’s amassed an impressive collection of instruments, which he used to play live and on albums such as The Swing, Listen Like Thieves, and Kick, but now 40 years after INXS played their first gig together, Pengilly has decided to auction off his collection, which is estimated to be worth up to $230,000.

Kirk Pengilly’s ’64 Fender L-Series Stratocaster. Source: Sotheby’s

The headline item is his Fender L-Series Stratocaster “Candy Apple Red” guitar from 1964, worth an estimated $35,000-45,000, and his favourite, which be played on various records from the “X” onwards.

The auction also includes eccentric models such as the sharply angular Westone “The Rail” bass guitar (estimate $1,000-2,000) and the Vaccaro “X-Ray” custom colour electric guitar (estimate $1,500-2,500) – a rare one off by the son of the Kramer Guitars founder.

There’s the 1986 Westone Pantera X300 electric guitar (estimate $4,000-6,000) used as lead rhythm guitar on 1987’s New Sensation, one of the most recognisable guitar riffs in Australian 20th century music history, and Pengilly’s Selmer MK-VI baritone saxophone (estimate $8,000-12,000, pictured), used on Bitter Tears and All Around.

Also going under the hammer are vintage microphones from the ABC and others from Rhinoceros Recordings, the Sydney studio where INXS recorded.

A selection of studio microphones from the Sydney recording studio of INXS will also be auctioned. Pengilly also acquired other rare vintage microphones from the ABC when they were modernising their studios, and these too carry an aura of a highly creative period in the Australian recording industry.

The auction is in Sydney on October 24, and will be on show at the auction house’s Woollahra showrooms October 19-24.

Details here.

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