Keith Richards’ guitar and Paul McCartney’s Hofner double bass will be auctioned in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES: Could one of rock’s oldest rivalries be resolved by a non-fungible token?

A Rolling Stones guitar – complete with a video of Keith Richards signing his Gibson ES-335 – is set to top the price of Paul McCartney’s autographed bass when the instruments go on sale in Beverly Hills next month.

“The same old adage, ‘The Beatles or the Rolling Stones?’ ‘Are you a fan of The Beatles or Rolling Stone?’…The two can collide and you can actually enjoy both, of course,” said Martin Nolan, executive director of Julien’s Auctions.

“I think Keith Richards will win on this one, just because it’s so much fun and because of the NFT.”

NFTs, or non-fungible tokens, are unique digital objects that confer ownership — in this case, of the four-second video of Richards writing his autograph.

A cherished new art form for some collectors and investors, NFTs have become an auction house staple.

According to Julien’s Auctions, the auction item will be Richards’ first-ever NFT and is expected to fetch between $6,000 and $8,000.


(LR) Guitars from Mettalica, Machine Gun Kelly and Harry Styles, performance attire from Katy Perry, a jacket from Lionel Ritchie, Jason Aldean’s hat and signed guitars from Paul McCartney, Keith Richards, Tom Petty, Slash and Depeche Mode are exhibited.

McCartney’s signature Hofner bass guitar is the same model he used at their last Apple Corps London rooftop gig in 1969 – a gig recently shown in full for the first time in Peter Jackson’s Disney+ documentary ” The Beatles: Get Back”.

Its pre-auction estimate is $4,000 to $6,000.

Both are for sale as part of the MusiCares charity auction, which offers health and recovery programs to members of the music community.

In a sign of changing times, the highest bid estimate comes from a much newer music phenomenon – South Korea’s BTS.

The K-pop group members are selling the seven custom-made white, orange and black suits they wore during their performance at the 2021 Grammy Awards, for an expected $30,000-$50,000.

“They have such a fanbase all over the world,” Nolan said.

The auction will take place on January 30 in Los Angeles and online.