The 94-year-old Grand Ole Opry star passed away on 2 January (15), and nearly a year after his death, organisers of his estate have handed 18 of his instruments to Nashville institution Gruhn Guitars.

Several of the guitars also come with undated, handwritten letters from DICkens himself, in which he describes how he acquired it and other details about the guitar. Many of them have signs of repeated use, with "buckle rashes", or visible wear on the back where DICkens' belt buckles scratched off the finish.

Among the lot are special edition guitars commemorating the Grand Ole Opry and iconic Nashville venue Ryman Auditorium, as well as a custom guitar given to DICkens by Waylon Jennings, which includes a message etched on it that reads, "Jimmy, You're a Hell of a Man. - Waylon".

The owner of Gruhn Guitars, who was a friend of DICkens, tells local newspaper The Tennesseean he estimates the guitars will sell for between $1,500 (£1,000) to $20,000 (£13,333).