U2's The Edge organized an epic guitar action to benefit "Music Rising," supporting self-employed musicians impacted by disasters, such as the pandemic. The action had some record-smashing sales, and raised over $2 million!
Paul McCartney's Yamaha BB-1200 "Wings" bass guitar, that he played both on tour and in studio, brought in $496,100 and was the first record-breaking bid of the event. It's become the most expensive bass ever sold at auction, taking the title from Bill Wyman's 1969 Fender Mustang bass that went for $384,000 in 2020.
Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam's concert-smashed Lake Placid Blue Fender Telecaster broke the record for most expensive smashed six-string, going for $266,200.
Some other high-selling items:
The Edge's "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" Custom Strat went for $496,100
His Music Rising ONE guitar sold for $184,525.
U2's Bono and Adam Clayton donated a tour-played Gibson ES-175 that went for $266,200 and a Fender Precision Bass that went for $78,650
Coldplay's Chris Martin donated a tour-played custom-painted Fender Telecaster Deluxe that went for $81,070
Noel Gallagher's Nash Telemaster went for $51,425
Lou Reed’s “Goldie” Danny Gatton Fender Telecaster sold for $72,600
Lenny Kravitz’s Gibson Custom Shop Flying V went for $42,350
Bruce Springsteen's signed ‘50s Fender Telecaster sold for $72,600
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