Items from the late J. Geils' estate being auctioned this month

Scott Legato/Getty ImagesA huge collection of instruments, memorabilia and other items from the estate of J. Warren Geils Jr., founding guitarist and namesake of The J. Geils Band, is being auctioned by the Skinner auction house. Online bidding for much of the late rocker’s property will be open from November 13 to November 20, while a separate live auction will be held at Skinner’s Boston location on Sunday, November 19.

Among the many Geils items going on the block are guitars, amplifiers, brass instruments, gold and platinum record plaques, a jukebox, clothing, CD and vinyl album collections, photos, posters and personal notebooks.

The most expensive items being auctioned include a rare Gibson mandola from 1925 valued at between $35,000 and $55,000, and an Italian violoncello made in 1920 that’s estimated to be worth $25,000 to $35,000.

Skinner’s location in the Boston suburb of Marlborough, Massachusetts, will host a preview of lots featured in the online auction on November 14, 15 and 16. Items up for bid in the live auction will be on display at Skinner’s Boston locale November 17, 18 19.

Geils formed The J. Geils Band in 1967 in Worcester, Massachusetts, and played with the group until its 1985 breakup. He died in April of this year of natural causes at age 71.

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