Robbie Robertson, George Harrison historic guitars auctioned for over $400,000
Written by Classic Rock 93.9 on May 21, 2018
Historic guitars that belonged to The Band‘s Robbie Robertson and the late George Harrison both sold at a New York City memorabilia auction over the weekend for more than $400,000.
Robertson’s 1965 Fender Telecaster, which Bob Dylan played frequently during his 1966 “going electric” tour, fetched $490,000 on Saturday at the “Music Icons” sale organized by Julien’s Auctions and hosted by the Hard Rock Café. The guitar also was used by Dylan and Robertson at various famous recording sessions and was played by Robbie at Woodstock and other historic concerts.
Meanwhile, a Hofner Club 40 model guitar that belonged to Harrison from 1959 to 1966, and was the first electric guitar that he ever owned, went for $430,000 after being estimated to sell for between $200,000 and $300,000.
Other items that brought in big bucks at the auction included an embellished white leather belt worn onstage by Elvis Presley, which sold for $354,400; a 1968 Fender Telecaster guitar prototype custom made for Elvis, which fetched $115,200; a Jag-Stang guitar designed by Nirvana‘s Kurt Cobain, which sold for $93,750; a broken Aria Pro II Cardinal Series guitar body that Cobain smashed onstage during a 1990 concert, which went for $81,250; and a 1963 Epiphone Granada guitar that Eric Clapton played while he was in The Yardbirds, which brought $44,800.
The Saturday sale was preceded Friday by another “Music Icons” auction focusing solely on items from the life and career of the late Prince. The most expensive collectible at that event was Prince’s custom-made Yellow Cloud guitar, which sold for $225,000.
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