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Sotheby's Loses Buddy Holly's Tape Recorder.

Rock and Roll Memorabilia Fades Away

NEW YORK, Aug. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Pat Dinizio, singer & songwriter of the Smithereens, took home Buddy Holly's reel-to-reel Ampex tape recorder in 1990 for $15,000. Holly's family had put the estate and possessions of the late rock & roll pioneer up for auction at the famous Sotheby's auction house in New York. The famous tape recorder was used in recording the rock & roll classics "Peggy Sue," "That'll Be The Day," and the legendary Buddy Holly Greenwich Village apartment demos. In 1996, Dinizio fruitlessly put the recorder back up for auction at Sotheby's.

After waiting a year to get the irreplaceable artifact back in his possession, Sotheby's delivered the wrong item. "It was a beastly Ampex late 1940's recorder, not the smaller, portable version Buddy used, and not the item that was sold to me!" says Dinizio. A year after tirelessly attempting to retrieve the item from Sotheby's, Dinizio was informed that Sotheby's could not locate his item in their warehouse and that it was "lost." "I am appalled beyond belief that an institution as prestigious as Sotheby's could allow this to happen to something as historically important as Buddy Holly's tape recorder," says an irate Dinizio. "What else has Sotheby's 'lost' that we don't know about?" A lawsuit is pending.
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