Monday, June 5, 2017
– The name and likeness of the father of bluegrass, Bill Monroe, are for sale.
So are a bunch of other items associated with Monroe.
Monroe's name, likeness and the rights to the BillMonroe.com website are being sold as is Uncle Pen's Cabin in his hometown of Rosine, Monroe went to live there with his uncle after the passing of both parents in 1927. As the only child among his siblings who went to live with Pendleton Vandiver, Monroe received an education about the music of the area from his uncle through the fiddle tunes he would learn. Monroe wrote "Uncle Pen" as a tribute.
The home has been in the Monroe family since Monroe's son, James, bought it in 1973, building the cabin with the original logs.
Also being offered in one separate bundle is Monroe memorabilia and personal items. Items include more than 1,800 personal and business checks - including some written to Earl Scruggs, Ralph Stanley and Johnny Paycheck; two knives and three wrist watches owned by Monroe, his back brace, social security card, ATM Card and Gas Cards, Christmas Cards, thousands of his personal papers and collectibles, suits, coats, shoes, ties, and his will.
The collection also includes his own personal record collection, and one of his fiddles - which he kept for 67 years and has his initials inside of it. A merchandise collection of T-Shirts and CD's of James Monroe, caps, 8 by 10 pictures, commemorative plates and his 10,000-address mailing list will be sold.
There are more than 250 live recordings from Monroe's Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival that will be offered in one package.
It was unclear who owns the items or has the rights to the name, likeness and web site.
The items are being sold by Tony Conway, Conway Entertainment Group, the exclusive agent for the Bill Monroe Estate, at 615-724-1818.