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Buddy Holly's widow to sell watch he wore when he died

Published: Sunday, Feb. 5 2006 12:00 a.m. MST

The watch that Buddy Holly was wearing the day he and the music died will soon go on the auction block.

Holly's widow, Maria Elena Holly, plans to offer several items for sale that belonged to the rock 'n' roll legend, including the watch that was on the singer's wrist when he was killed in an airplane crash on Feb. 3, 1959, at age 22. Singers Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson also perished in the Iowa crash.

Holly's diamond-and-white-gold Omega watch was a gift from Maria Elena, who married him in August 1958.

Unreleased Holly recordings, his passport, and other personal items also will be on sale at Heritage Auction Galleries & Auctioneers in Dallas on April 14-15.

The watch is inscribed with Holly's name and the date Maria Elena gave it to him as an early Christmas present: Dec. 1, 1958.

After it was found at the crash site, Holly's father, Laurence, of Lubbock, Texas, wore it in memory of his dead son.

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