Caribou Ranch  

Caribou Ranch

Caribou Ranch ® and Studio Memorabilia

Pick-up information for wining bidders:

Pick-up is located at the Denver Design Center East Building; 595 South Broadway, Denver, Colorado.

You may pick-up your items every day this week from 9AM-4PM MT, including Sunday the 25th. Packaging materials and handlers are not provided; however, assistance will be available on Tuesday the 27th and Friday the 30th for heavier items.

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers is renting the space at the Denver Design Center, so all items must be removed by Saturday the 31st at 4PM MT. For those who purchased out of state or overseas, please contact a shipper to coordinate pick-up. A list of recommended shippers can be found here.

If you were the successful bidder on one of the pianos, we urge you to contact a piano mover as soon as possible. Neither Leslie Hindman Auctioneers nor contract property handlers will be available to assist in moving the pianos.

Pleas visit our press page for additional post-sale information.

Caribou Ranch ® and Studio Memorabilia Auction

In 1971 James William (Jim) Guercio purchased a ranch near Nederland, Colorado to build what would become the legendary Caribou Ranch. Mr. Guercio started in the music business with Dick Clark in 1962, touring and performing with Gene Pitney, Brian Hyland, Del Shannon, Chuck Berry and Bobby Darin. He was an original guitarist with Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention and produced, arranged and composed numerous hits for Chad & Jeremy and the Buckinghams. Mr. Guercio received a Grammy Award as the producer of Blood, Sweat & Tears, which won the 1970 Grammy Award for Album of the Year.

In 1972 Joe Walsh recorded the first album that came out of the Caribou Ranch recording studio, the eponymous Barnstorm. The barn conversion was not yet complete, but the dirt floors were only a tribute to the remote, creative ambiance Mr. Guercio had created. The state of the art recording studio, far away from big city distractions, allowed bands to fully immerse themselves in the creative process. “Rocky Mountain Way” was the first hit recorded.




Top Ten Albums




#1 Billboard Hits

As the first destination recording studio, music history was made by illustrious artists and groups such as Elton John, Stephen Stills, Billy Joel, Chicago, Earth, Wind & Fire, The Beach Boys, Michael Jackson, Johnny Cash, Rod Stewart, Frank Zappa, Jerry Lee Lewis, Stevie Nicks, Tom Petty, U2 and many more. Elton John’s 1974 album Caribou was recorded at and named after the studio where his next two albums would also be recorded: Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy and Rock of the Westies. Wildly popular songs from the 1970s and 80s were written and recorded on the ranch that include chart topping hits such as Earth, Wind & Fire’s “Shining Star,” Chicago’s “If You Leave Me Now,” and Elton John’s “Philadelphia Freedom.”

The sale of memorabilia from the Caribou Ranch collection offers a rare opportunity for music fans to access the music, instruments and memorabilia of the studio. Even more unique is the opportunity to acquire the quality, rustic items used daily by artists on the ranch, which remind us that at times, everyone, even a music legend, just needs to “get away.”

Caribou Ranch was in operation for just over a decade until the control room suffered extensive fire damage in March 1985. Caribou Ranch is being inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame in 2015 along with Joe Walsh, Barnstorm and Dan Fogelberg. A portion of the auction proceeds will go to The Colorado Music Hall of Fame, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization (EIN 27-2529106) founded in 2011 to honor those individuals who have come to define the state’s amazing and diverse musical legacy.
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Leslie Hindman Auctioneers Business Office
960 Cherokee Street
Denver, Colorado 80204


Exhibition and auction located at the

Denver Design Center East Building
595 South Broadway, Denver, Colorado

Exhibition times:
Monday 19 January | 10 AM-5PM
Tuesday 20 January | 10 AM-5PM
Wednesday 21 January | 10 AM-5PM
Thursday 22 January | 10 AM-5PM
Friday 23 January | 10 AM-5PM
Saturday 24 January | 10 AM-3PM

Photo Gallery

These photos and more are available in a full-color commemorative catalogue available here.

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All images associated with Caribou Ranch and contained on this webpage (except as noted herein) and provided in, on or with the items subject to auction, the name “Caribou Ranch” “Caribou Ranch Studio” and variations thereof, together with the associated trademarks, copyrights, logos and brands contained on this webpage and in, on or with the items for auction (collectively, the “Works”), are the property of the Caribou Companies. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all such Works. All rights (including but not limited to copyright rights and moral rights, including, all rights of paternity or integrity relating to the Works, all rights to claim authorship of the Works, to object to any modification of the Works and any similar right existing under the judicial or statutory law of any country in the world or under any treaty), title and interest in and to the Works are expressly reserved. The further use, duplication, reproduction or dissemination of the Works without the express written consent of the owner is strictly prohibited. Michael Jackson photo credit: Sam Emerson

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