Three guitars designed and played by the legendary Eddie Van Halen were sold for over $422,000 at an auction.
Van Halen’s customized Kramer electric guitar, which he built with his guitar tech Matt Bruck, sold for $231,250. His 2004 EVH Charvel Art Series electric guitar was auctioned for $140,800.
A prop guitar used by child actor Bryan Hitchcock, who played a young Van Halen in the band’s “Hot for Teacher” video, sold for $50,000.
The guitars were sold during Julien’s Auctions’ annual Icons & Idols Trilogy: Rock ‘n’ Roll Auction.
“As we were preparing for our annual ‘Icons & Idols: Rock and Roll’ auction lineup, we were stunned to hear the sad news of Eddie Van Halen’s passing,” Darren Julien, president and CEO of Julien’s Auctions said in a statement before the sale.
He added, “We are honored to include at this event two iconic guitars from his brilliant and blazing career as one of rock’s greatest and most gifted guitar heroes. His instruments join their rightful place among other rock royalty items from Kurt Cobain, Michael Jackson, Aerosmith and many others.”
The auction featured several other instruments and memorabilia from other music icons including Nirvana‘s Kurt Cobain, Lady Gaga, Bob Marley, Michael Jackson and Elvis.
Two Fender guitars used by Cobain were sold for a combined $281,600, while a Marley guitar was sold for $153,600.
(Photo: Abby Gillardi)
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