Three of Eddie Van Halen’s guitars have sold at auction for $422,000

The guitar icon’s custom Kramer electric fetched top dollar at the event, selling for $231,250.

Eddie Van Halen guitars at Julien's Auctions

Image: Julien’s Auctions

Three guitars that once belonged to the late guitar icon Eddie Van Halen have sold at auction for over $422,000.

The instruments were listed in Julien’s Auctions’ annual Icons & Idols Trilogy: Rock ’N’ Roll Auction; the two-day event kicked off on Tuesday and concluded yesterday (2 December).

Van Halen’s customised Kramer electric guitar, which he put together with guitar tech Matt Bruck at his 5150 studio, fetched the highest sum at the event, selling for $231,250. The guitar was gifted to one of the guitarist’s close friends, Bryan Cush, the owner of Cush’s Centenary Oyster House in Shreveport, Los Angeles.

Another customised electric, Van Halen’s 2004 Charvel Art Series electric sold for $140,800. The black and white instrument was designed in the style of the 1978 Van Halen I – the original Frankenstrat.

Meanwhile, a scaled-down prop of the classic red, black and white Frankenstrat, used by child actor Bryan Hitchcock in the music video for Van Halen’s Hot For Teacher sold for $50,000.

The auction saw close to 900 historic instruments and pieces of music memorabilia sold. Two Fender Stratocasters, played and smashed by Kurt Cobain during Nirvana’s 1994 In Utero Tour sold for a combined $281,600. Bob Marley’s first guitar to be listed in an auction also sold for $153,600.

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