Noel Gallagher’s guitar, which was destroyed backstage at an Oasis Guitar concert and led to the band’s breakup, sold for €385,500 (£325,000) at a Paris auction.
The crimson Gibson was shattered during the Rock en Seine festival in Paris in 2009, near the end of the band’s year-long Dig Out Your Soul global tour.
According to Jonathan Berg, a guitar expert and co-founder of the Artpèges gallery that hosted the auction, the instrument represented “a cult moment” in music history.
Oasis guitar band had been scheduled to perform at the event, but the audience was famously informed that they would not be there. Noel later announced his departure from the band, stating that he could no longer collaborate with his brother Liam.
“Things had been building between the two brothers for a long,” Berg explained.
“It burst backstage, one of Noel’s guitars shattered, and the group broke up,” he added.
The auctioneers calculated that with a starting price of €150,000, bidding for the instrument could have reached €500,000. The Oasis Guitar’s instrument, which was restored in 2011, was presented with its original case and a note written “Peace, love, and bananas” from its previous owner.
Arthur Perault, another Artpèges co-founder, was “quite delighted” with the auction at the Hôtel Drouot.
A bondage costume composed of leather and chains worn by Martin Gore of the British band Depeche Mode was among the other lots sold for €15,528.
A limited edition vinyl signed by Jimi Hendrix and French singer Johnny Hallyday sold for more than €10,000.