Guitars Used By David Gilmour, Eric Clapton, The Edge, Sell For Over $5 Million At Auction
Most Of The Items Sold For Far More Than Their Pre-Auction Estimate
Guitars owned and played by U2’s the Edge, Eddie Van Halen, David Gilmour, Elvis Presley and Eric Clapton were some of the highest-bid items at Julien’s Auctions’ Icons & Idols: Rock N’ Roll over the weekend. The event took place on November 15, and the rock-themed auction raked in more than $5 million!
One of the items featured was Gilmour’s stage-used guitar from Pink Floyd’s Momentarily Lapse of Reason era, which fetched $200,000 — twice its pre-auction estimate. And even though Clapton has been rather controversial with his anti-lockdown stance and claims about Covid vaccines (including his collaboration with Van Morrison), people still apparently are huge fans of his. So much so that his stage-used acoustic guitar from his time with Derek & the Dominoes sold for $625,000 — the pre-auction estimate was $500,000.
The Edge’s 1976 Gibson Explorer Electric Guitar, which he used during U2’s The Joshua Tree tour, sold for $437,500. Bono’s 2005 Gretsch Irish Falcon sold for $115,000.
Aside from the guitars, Frank Sinatra’s clown painting sold for $56,000. The mask famously featured on the iconic cover of Quiet Riot’s Metal Health album fetched for a cool $50,000. The Go-Go’s Belinda Carlisle’s own Germs t-shirt sold for $22,000, which was 20 times its expected sale price!