Rock ’n’ roll memorabilia are here to stay.
And that’s sweet music to the ears of the Internal Revenue Service, which sold about 120 pieces of rock music merchandise at an auction Thursday in Overland Park.
The event drew 141 registered bidders and perhaps “twice to three times” that many checking out the sale items, said IRS spokesman Michael Devine.
The IRS held the auction at the DoubleTree Hotel to clear out its inventory of rock merchandise — items that had been repossessed because of nonpayment of federal taxes.
The stash included autographed art and albums, guitars and other instruments signed by famous musicians, even clothing.
The agency holds auctions such as this from time to time around the country. Sometimes it’s automobiles on the auction block, sometimes it’s antiques or other collectibles.
At the rock ’n’ roll auction, everything sold, generating $71,140 for the IRS, Devine said.
The highest-selling items:
▪ A Jimi Hendrix autographed album, $6,000.
▪ A guitar signed by Joe Walsh, $5,000.
▪ A guitar signed by Ozzy Osbourne, $2,200.
▪ A Kurt Cobain autographed guitar, $2,000.
Steve Rosen: 816-234-4879