“And now the highlight of the show”, announces the auctioneer, to stay in line with the theme of the sale of eighty-four lots, instruments, photographs, records, costumes, at the Hôtel Drouot, in Paris, Tuesday, May 17, in the afternoon, presented by the Artpèges gallery and the Lemon Auction company. This lot 52 is Noel Gallagher’s guitar that his brother Liam had broken in anger, shortly before the Oasis concert scheduled for the 7and edition of the Rock en Seine festival, August 28, 2009. A Gibson model ES-355 from 1960, red, hollow body with two f-shaped soundholes.
It was then 10:05 p.m. and in the Saint-Cloud estate where the rock festival was taking place, an announcement in French, then in English, had been made, marking the end of the group founded by the brothers in 1991: “You know Liam and Noel, they sometimes fight. It happened earlier, Noel left. The group no longer exists. He will not play tonight, and cancels the rest of the European tour. »
But it is not the guitar in its state after the fight that is offered, with the isolated neck, the perforated body, but the one restored by Philippe Dubreuille – several other guitars of which were on sale – and recovered by Noel Gallagher. The singer had parted with it in 2017 from a collector, who in turn put it up for sale on Tuesday. Starting price 150,000 euros. Bids quickly concentrated on the telephone, with a short moment of suspense at 275,000 euros and a final jump at 300,000 euros, its low estimate. Sold at 4:15 p.m. “The buyer is in Europe”, says Arthur Perault, from Artpèges. One can only think that restored, the “historical” nature of the instrument has faded a little, unlike those of certain guitars deliberately destroyed on stage by Pete Townshend, of The Who, which circulate in the middle of collectors .
A Johnny 45-lap at 8,000 euros
Among the other pieces on sale, Corine Marienneau’s 1965 L-series Fender Precision bass when she played with the Telephone group, went for 12,800 euros, acquired in the room after a fight with bidders on the Internet, climbing 50 euros in 50 euros on the end. Among several stage costumes by Martin Gore of the Depeche Mode group, one was awarded its high estimate of 12,000 euros. Consisting of a few metal chains for the top and leather shorts for the bottom, it will hardly cover its owner. Rarities in a sale of memorabilia rock, paper patterns for stage costumes by Mick Jagger, members of Depeche Mode, Keith Flint of The Prodigy, Robert Plant or Johnny Hallyday, have generally remained within their low estimates, below 800 euros.
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At the Hotel Drouot, Noel Gallagher’s broken and restored guitar was sold for 300,000 euros
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