Almost 400,000 USD for the Oasis guitar
This guitar is a legend, it belonged to Noel Gallagher’s Gibson and it was destroyed in 2009 at the same time as the band Oasis imploded, found a buyer Tuesday, May 17 for 385,500 euros with fees, at an auction in Paris.
The sale had started at 160,000 USD starting price, the instrument of discord between brothers Noel and Liam Gallagher, symbol of the breakup of Oasis, has just reached the low estimate of 300,000 euros, plus 85,500 euros in fees.
“It’s one of the bets we wanted to make,” explains Arthur Perault, co-founder of Artpèges, the gallery responsible for the sale. The music expert said he was “quite happy” with this session that inaugurates the “rock memorabilia” (rock memory) at the Hôtel Drouot, the main Parisian auction house.
Destroyed in the Gallaghers’ dressing room at the 2009 Rock en Seine festival by Noel, then restored in 2011, the blood-red Gibson was presented with its original case and a note from its former owner, signed “Peace, love and bananas”.
Other lots included a bondage suit made of leather and chains worn by Martin Gore, the head of Depeche Mode, which matched the high estimate by selling for 15,528 euros including tax. The set was also accompanied by matching bracelets and a used pick.
The bass guitar of Corine Marienneau, an emblematic member of the French band Téléphone in the 70s and 80s, was a very good seller. The four-stringed bass was sold for $18,000, which was within the estimated price range.
The superb Johnny Hallyday record, autographed by the not-yet-famous Jimi Hendrix in 1966, when he was in Nancy to open for the idol of the young, reached the low estimate with a bid of 11,000 USD. On this vinyl with a crazy history, “Johnny” also scribbled his signature in the 2010s, before being joined by Matthieu Chedid aka M.
In total, 85 lots were offered Tuesday, May 17 by the Hotel Drouot, between amplifiers of the 60s, screen prints of Pink Floyd albums and photos of rock stars.