Sir Paul McCartney’s bass guitar has been auctioned for a record high $ 496,100.
The 79-year-old musician has used the Yamaha BB-1200 in the studio and on tour with Wings, and when it was sold over the weekend, the instrument broke the record for the highest selling price of a guitar. bass, Last year a 1969 Fender Mustang owned by former Rolling Stones rocker Bill Wyman sold for $ 384,000.
And that wasn’t the only record broken at the auction, hosted by U2’s The Edge and producer Bob Ezrin for their Music Rising charity.
A Lake Placid Blue Fender Telecaster destroyed by Eddie Vedder at a gig sold for $ 266,200, making it the most expensive broken guitar ever to be auctioned.
Instruments like U2, Bruce Springsteen, Lou Reed, Johnny Marr, Green Day, Sir Elton John, Joan Jett, Kings Of Leon, Rush and Radiohead were also part of the auction.
The sale raised more than $ 2 million for the charity, which aims to “benefit musicians in the southern Gulf,” following “the devastation the COVID-19 pandemic has caused to musicians and to musical communities ”.
The Edge said afterwards, “We want to thank everyone involved in this incredible auction, including the artists who generously donated their personal instruments and the bidders around the world who helped us break world records. .
“Profits from Music Rising will help bring live music back to life in a part of the country whose music culture has been extremely influential around the world.
“We are indebted to all Music Rising supporters who gave us a great opportunity to go back to our roots and help musicians in need.”
Bob added, “We are very grateful to all the artists, supporters and bidders who helped make Guitar Icons an auction for history books. New Orleans musicians are the custodians of a unique musical heritage, passing it down through generations and influencing so many genres of music that we enjoy.
“The proceeds from this auction will help musicians in the region who have suffered financially from this pandemic. “