TMZ report: Eddie Van Halen patent design for sale at Tampa business
October 15, 2020 - A memorabilia collector who reportedly owns a patent submitted by the late Eddie Van Halen plans to auction the patent designs at Carrollwood Fine Wine and Spirits, according to a report by TMZ. The entertainment news source said the patent is for a "musical instrument support" device, or a guitar body rest that allowed Van Halen to free up both hands. Van Halen, lead guitarist in the band that shared his name, applied for the patent in 1985 and it was issued in 1987. See the patent here. The collector, Michael Kuck, told TMZ that he bought the patent about 15 years ago and he has detailed drawings and a certificate of authenticity with Van Halen's signature. Kuck is planning to sell the designs in a silent auction at the Carrollwood shop, which is owned by his brother. Bidding is from Oct. 15 to Nov. 15, TMZ said. Van Halen died Oct. 6.