Carlebach’s guitar and other effects to be auctioned
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Carlebach’s guitar and other effects to be auctioned

Rabbi-musician’s guitar to go on the block starting at $12,000, along with Alan Dershowitz’s Judaica

Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach during a visit to the Western Wall in Jerusalem, early 1990s. (Shlomo Carlebach Legacy Trust)
Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach during a visit to the Western Wall in Jerusalem, early 1990s. (Shlomo Carlebach Legacy Trust)

Judaica and other items belonging to the influential late rabbi-musician Shlomo Carlebach will be auctioned next month.

The Feb. 29 auction at J. Greenstein & Co.’s Auction House in Cedarhurst, New York, will also include Judaica owned by Harvard law professor and author Alan Dershowitz.

In all, the auction will feature 268 “rare and valuable objects,” including 32 from Carlebach’s estate and 28 from Dershowitz’s collection, the auction house announced in a Jan. 12 news release.

Among the objects belonging to Carlebach, who was known to many of his followers and fans as “Reb Shlomo,” are his guitar (opening price $12,000), tefillin ($11,000), piano ($13,000), High Holiday gartel (a belt used by some Hasidic Jews during prayer, this one’s opening price is $1,500) and personal appointment book from 1991-1992 ($1,900).

Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach's guitar is being put on the block for $10,000-$15,000 on behalf of Rabbi Yehoshua Book, the guitar’s consignor. (courtesy)
Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach’s guitar is being put on the block on behalf of Rabbi Yehoshua Book, the guitar’s consignor. (courtesy)

A charismatic Orthodox rabbi known for his Hasidic-influenced songwriting, his musical legacy and his outreach to Jews of all backgrounds, Carlebach, who was born in Berlin, died in 1994 at age 69.

“I am excited by this opportunity to bring new life into the Carlebach foundation and jump-start the legacy of my father,” Neshama Carlebach, daughter of the late rabbi and heir to his estate, said in a statement provided by the auction house.

“His voice of Torah, his music and his energy are so powerful and present in the world; he is still so present because his belief and hopes are still here. This auction, bringing his items back into the world, will create new moments for him and will take his legacy to a new level.”

J. Greenstein & Co. Auction House claims to be the only auction house in the United States that is “solely devoted to the sale of Jewish ritual objects.”

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