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Three Of EDDIE VAN HALEN's Iconic Guitars Sold For $422,000 (about € 350,000)

03-12-2020

Julien’s Auctions held the highly anticipated “Icons & Idols Trilogy: Rock ‘N’ Roll”, the world record-breaking auction house to the stars’ annual music extravaganza, on Tuesday, December 1 and Wednesday, December 2, 2020 live in Beverly Hills and online at JuliensAuctions.com.

The two-day music auction event sold nearly 900 items of pop culture iconography, instruments and memorabilia owned and used by some of the world’s greatest music artists and bands of all time, including Eddie Van HalenKurt CobainBob MarleyLittle RichardElvis PresleyMichael JacksonMadonnaLady GagaDavid BowieFLEETWOOD MACTHE WHO and more.

The top-selling item of the event was an iconic guitar played by one of the greatest guitarists of all time — Eddie Van Halen. His customized Kramer electric guitar serial number F 0024 built by Van Halen with his guitar tech Matt Bruck at the guitarist’s 5150 home studio sold for $231,250 and features a red body with white and black stripes designed and applied by Van Halen. It was gifted to Van Halen’s close friend Bryan Cush, the owner of Cush’s Centenary Oyster House in Shreveport, Louisiana in 1991 It is inscribed “Yo – / Bryan / Let’s get / shucked / up / Eddie Van Halen / 5150” and was displayed at the bar where it was played by Van Halen when he visited. The guitar also includes a white Van Halen guitar pick and two backstage passes, one labelled “Bertinelli Guest.”

Van Halen’s 2004 EVH Charvel Art Series electric guitar was another auction highlight which sold for $140,800. The Fender Stratocaster-style headstock numbered on the back #54, has the unique white and black abstract design in the style of his 1978 “Van Halen I” guitar and signed Eddie Van Halen, initialed VH 04 and is inscribed in Van Halen’s hand “San Antonio Texas / 9-28-04”. This guitar also features an EVH humbucking pickup with evidence of a cigarette burn to the front. Accompanying the guitar are multiple photos of Van Halen hand-applying taped stripes to the guitar. The EVH Charvel Art guitars are a limited-edition series of guitars inspired by Eddie Van Halen’s most famous guitars where each one has a unique body, designed by Van Halen himself.

A scaled down non playing version of an Eddie Van Halen red, black and white striped prop guitar, used by child actor Bryan Hitchcock playing a young Eddie Van Halen in the iconic VAN HALEN music video to their hit “Hot For Teacher” scored top grades at the auction with a winning bid of $50,000. The guitar is accompanied by Hitchcock’s “Young Eddie” three-piece outfit from the video comprising of a white T-shirt with “No Bozos” graphic print to the front; a pair of “Sergio Valente” torn jeans and an “Oleg Cassini” denim vest as well as production documents including a script, three call sheets from the video shoot, a large color photograph of Hitchcock and Eddie Van Halen posing with their guitars at the shoot and more.

Wolfgang Van Halen stressed out that these were not his father’s actual guitars:

The headline should read: “Three guitars that are striped were sold at an auction for charity.” They weren’t stage guitars. I had nothing to do with this. I don’t EVER plan on selling any of my father’s iconic guitars. The only place they’d possibly belong in is a museum.

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