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Marilyn Manson co-founder's guitars and sheet music available in auction

Johnny Diaz
Contact ReporterSouth Florida Sun Sentinel

Guitars used by Scott Mitchell Putesky, best known as Daisy Berkowitz — a founding member of the South Florida goth-rock band Marilyn Manson and the Spooky Kids — will be auctioned off starting Monday.

Rock fans may remember that Putesky helped launched the band in 1989 with Boca Raton’s Brian Warner, who became known simply as Marilyn Manson.

Putesky died at the age of 49 last October after a long battle with colon cancer while in hospice care in Boca Raton.

Several of the former Fort Lauderdale rocker’s instruments, including some electric and bass guitars, and his resignation letter from the band are being sold by Goldin Auctions. A total of 14 items are available with bids beginning at $1,000 at the New Jersey-based online auction company. Proceeds from the auction will go to Putesky’s family, said Jim Stefano of Goldin, which is holding the auction through Aug. 11.

Among the items are a Fender Lego Bass guitar (starting bid $2,500), original sheet music for songs “Thrift,” “Lunchbox” and “Luci in the Sky with Demons” ($1,500) and a Scottish kilt that Putesky owned and wore ($500).

Also part of the auction is his resignation letter from the band in 1996. That item starts at $500.

Marilyn Manson and the Spooky Kids found local success with performances at clubs such as the former Button South club in Hallandale Beach. The group went on to garner national fame with the 1994 Trent Reznor-produced debut album “Portrait of an American Family,” and the 1995 EP “Smells Like Children.”

Because of “creative differences,” Putesky departed the group in 1996 when it recorded “Antichrist Superstar.” He told Noisey in 2014 that Manson and Reznor let it be known that they weren’t interested in the music he had composed.

For more information on the auction, visit goldinauctions.com.

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