As previously reported two of Eddie Van Halen’s custom made guitars went on the block at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills for their annual Icons & Idols Trilogy: Rock ‘n’ Roll Auction.

According to Rolling Stone, the trio of guitars sold for more than $422,000.

Variants of the late rock legend’s Frankenstrat were among the instruments fetching the highest bids of the two-day event. His customized Kramer electric guitar, which he built with his guitar tech Matt Bruck at Van Halen’s home studio sold for $231,250. The winning bid for his 2004 EVH Charvel Art Series electric guitar came in at $140,800. A non-playing prop guitar used by child actor Bryan Hitchcock, who played a young Eddie Van Halen in the band’s Hot for Teacher video, sold for $50,000.

The auction, which sold nearly 900 items, included instruments and memorabilia from a wide array of music icons. Two Fender guitars smashed by Kurt Cobain sold for a combined $281,600, Bob Marley’s first guitar ever to come to auction sold for $153,600 and a mid-1960s Hammond B-3 organ played by Greg Allman garnered $102,400.

Other notable items from the event included Jimi Hendrix’s Octavia pedal used on live album Band of Gypsys ($70,400), a Paul McCartney Texan FT-79 acoustic guitar played and signed by the artist ($54,400) and Pete Townshend’s owned and played first guitar, a 1936 Radiotone cello guitar ($41,600).

Picture of Eddie Van Halen courtesy of Julian’s

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  • Rattlehead on

    Wolfie VH wasn’t happy about this auction, and I agree with his feelings. Regardless of the reasoning of the sellers to auction off these EVH items, in the end it simply smells like capitalizing on the passing of EVH.

    • Dana on

      Agreed, but sadly this happens all the time.

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