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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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