Normally this would be in the "classified", but since it has the potential to develop in a wider-ranging debate, I'll put it here. Just saw this on the CBC news website: Quote: Dizzy's bent trumpet goes on the block Last Updated Tue, 02 Aug 2005 12:12:22 EDT CBC Arts A famous bent trumpet belonging to U.S. jazz and bebop legend Dizzy Gillespie will join hundreds of his belongings on the auction block this fall. More than 12 years after the death of the musical great, the contents of his Englewood, N.J., home will be sold at auction on Sept. 14. One of Dizzy Gillespie's angled trumpets will be among the items sold at an auction of his New Jersey estate this fall. In addition to his iconic trumpet, handwritten sheet music, a piano, drums and other percussion instruments will be up for grabs, along with Gillespie's personal record collection and awards, including one of his three Grammy trophies. Documents for sale include photos, posters and personal correspondence. Rounding out the sale are Gillespie's signature hats, other clothing and some of his wife's jewellery. A performance by the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Band and other events will accompany a preview of the auction items, which begins on Sept. 11. One of the most influential musicians in the history of jazz, the South Carolina-born Gillespie was one of the creators of bebop in the early 1940s. The jovial, pouched-cheeked improviser came upon his trademark bent trumpet in 1953, when someone accidentally fell on his instrument and bent the bell back. Gillespie played it, liked the sound and from then on had his trumpets customized with their bells bent upwards. Gillespie and his wife, Lorraine, moved to the Englewood house in 1965 and they lived there until his death from pancreatic cancer in 1993, when he was 75. Dawson and Nye Auctioneers and Appraisers, which specializes in the sale of celebrity estates and major corporate and private collections, has previously hosted auctions of props and costumes from the Sands Casino and Hotel collection and from the estates of Perry Como and Henry Luce, founder of Time and Life magazines. Unquote:. Remember, you saw it here first!