26 Proteus 12 months ago My comments aren't to disparage Russell, but just using him as an example of someone owning anything doesn't make that thing worth more. If Brett Favre owned a Gretsch and then went to sell it, him being the seller doesn't add value whatsoever. Well...you can make this claim about Russell Crowe, not caring a whit for him and noting that since the guitars don't make him famous, his ownership of them confers no cachet.But please admit that a guitar belonging to, say, Chet Atkins ... would have more value for you than the same model owned by ... me.So it seems facile to make a blanket disavowal of the value of provenance.Granted, that's certainly in the eye and heart of the beholder. To a Crowe fan - who might also be a fan of his band - it may well add value that he owned these guitars. And...no one is going to pay these prices for these guitars - unless there are at least two buyers who are willing to one-up each other. (A phenomenon whose motivations may have nothing to do with the guitar itself.) I've been to enough high-dollar auctions to know the drill: the auction house makes a high estimate of what the item might bring, then the auctioneer starts the bidding at somewhere around that. Then someone raises his hand and offers a half, quarter, or tenth of that and it's off to the races.My thinking is that these would have to be inherently very special Gretschs (aside from celebrity provenance) to attract many bidders who are only in it for the guitars. And they seem not to be. So the auctioneer (and Crowe) are betting there are enough potential buyers in the overlapping Venn diagram of Russell Crowe fans and Gretsch enthusiasts to get more out of the guitars at an auction than by listing them, say, on Rerverbay where a much larger audience learns about them.And, actually, I think it adds something to the proceedings that these are by and large pre-FMIC modern Gretschs, from the recovery years after Gretsch's wander in the wilderness. It says something for Crowe that he was enthusiast enough to acquire them all - and was apparently sufficiently satisfied not to replace them later with pro-lines or, obviously, Custom Shops. He self-evidently had the money to do so. It would apparently have been trivial. (I imagine him playing a double-necked CS Falcon made of buried Australian primordial wood, with precious jewel binding, wearing bespoke Swiss watches up and down both arms.)So did he just love that Gretsch era, or did he lose interest in guitar?In any case, the actual selection of Gretschs in the collection gives the ownership more texture to me, more depth. It validates the authenticity of his interest, you might say.And that doesn't make them worth more to me - I'm too invested in maintaining the marriage of one holding-onto-middle-class old guy to help support a celebrity divorce - but I wouldn't be surprised if the provenance means something to someone.