Instruments from the estate of late-Steely Dan co-founder Walter Becker will head to auction on October 18th and 19th in Beverly Hills via Julien’s Auctions. The sale will feature Sadowsky, D’Angelico, Fender and other models played by Becker over the course of his career.

Darren Julien, CEO/President of Julien's Auctions said in a statement announcing the auction, “Walter Becker was legendary for his unique tone, his curiosity, his knowledge, his high audiophile standards, and the pleasure he took in experimenting to create just the right sonic landscape that would best support his creative and musical intentions. This fine and wide-ranging collection reflects all of these characteristics — and more — that helped make Walter Becker one of the most talented and respected all-around musicians and sonic connoisseurs of his generation.”

Walter Becker died of cancer in 2017 at age 67. Last October, Becker had a street corner named after him in his native Queens. The corner of 112th Street and 72nd Drive in the Forest Hills section of the borough where he grew up has now been co-named “Walter Becker Way.”

Shortly before his death, Walter Becker told us that he and Donald Fagen making the executive decision to use only studio players on their last few albums made a world of difference in the sound of their work: “Y'know, we had decided maybe an album before The Royal Scam, we had decided to change the format by which we were recording to a completely open format where it would be whatever musicians we wanted to use — which I think was very productive and beneficial for us and just sort of satisfying to play with all of these great players that we admired at the time.”

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