John Varvatos Presents Transformer By Lou Reed And Mick Rock

Like most musicians who remain successful over the course of decades, the late Lou Reed had amassed a whole lot of musical equipment by the time he died last year. As Pitchfork notes, today Reed’s official Facebook page announced that much of that gear is going up for auction to fund the creation of the Lou Reed Archive. The post reads like so:

Lou Reed eBay Auction:

Over the past thirty years Lou Reed amassed a large collection of equipment in support of his many tours. While all of his most important guitars, amps, and effects will be kept by Sister Ray Enterprises for his archive, there are many pieces of musical gear and road cases that need to be sold. Over the next few weeks these items will be auctioned through eBay. The proceeds will go towards the work that is underway to develop the Lou Reed Archive.

Please support this effort by checking our eBay page, http://stores.ebay.com/Lou-Reed-Archive . New items will be posted every few days. A wide variety of items will be available. All of these items were kept at Sister Ray Enterprises and were used by Lou and his band on tour. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to own a piece of music history.

If you live in or around NYC, we’ll be listing select items for local pickup before they go up on eBay. You can sign up to receive these listings here: http://goo.gl/KRE2Bc

Sounds like you might not be able to pick up the equipment Reed used on The Velvet Underground & Nico, but — and tell me if I’m being stupidly sentimental here — there really would be something special about playing a guitar once strummed by such a legend.

To disappear down a rabbit hole of classic Lou Reed music, read our lists of 20 great Reed moments and his 10 best songs.

[Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images.]

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