Bernie Marsden guitar auction postponed by Gardiner Houlgate following his death

Bernie Marsden, known as the former guitarist for hard rock band Whitesnake, passed away last week at the age of 72.

Bernie Marsden on stage in 1981, he's wearing a red shirt, playing guitar and is looking out into the crowd.

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An auction of former Whitesnake guitarist and blues-rock legend Bernie Marsden’s guitars has been postponed following his death.

The guitarist passed away peacefully at home last week (24 August) at the age of 72, surrounded by his family.

The auction, which was due to be run by Gardiner Houlgate Auctioneers, has been postponed following his loss as a mark of respect. A further announcement will be put out when a future sale date has been planned.

In the auction, a collection of Marsden’s acoustic and electric guitars was set to be sold as part of the auctioneers’ next guitar sale on 5 September 2023 along with hundreds of other vintage and classic guitars. The auction of the other gear available will continue as normal.

“Following the extremely sad news of Bernie Marsden’s passing last week, it has been decided that the sale of the Bernie Marsden Collection will be postponed until further notice,” writes Gardiner Houlgate in a post on its website on 29 August.

“Bernie was one of the most loved figures in the guitar community and following discussions with the family we have decided there should be an appropriate period before any event takes place as a mark of respect. We will make a further announcement regarding a future sale date following this period of mourning. The rest of the auction will take place as planned,” it confirms.

Marsden’s record label Conquest Music, wrote at the time of his passing: “On behalf of his family, it is with deep sadness we announce the death of Bernie Marsden. Bernie died peacefully on Thursday evening with his wife, Fran, and daughters, Charlotte and Olivia, by his side. Bernie never lost his passion for music, writing and recording new songs until the end.”

Whitesnake leader David Coverdale also wrote on social media “I’ve just woken up to the awful news that my old friend and former Snake Bernie Marsden has passed. My sincere thoughts and prayers to his beloved family, friends and fans. A genuinely funny, gifted man, whom I was honoured to know and share a stage with.”

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