Kirk Hammett’s ESP 400 from Metallica’s One music video has sold at auction for $112,500

One was the first Metallica song to have a music video.

Kirk Hammett ESP400

Image: Heritage Auctions

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The guitar played by Kirk Hammett in the music video for Metallica’s One has sold at auction for $112,500 (£82,000).

The ESP 400 Series model hit the auction block on Sunday (11 April) at Heritage Auctions’ “Guitars and Musical Instruments Signature” event.

Described by the auction house to be in “excellent” condition, the guitar was signed by Hammett himself and comes with a certificate of authenticity and its original hard case. The S-type electric guitar sports three single-coils, a rosewood slab neck and a natural finish.

One, from Metallica’s fourth album, …And Justice For All, was the band’s first song to have a music video. It spliced reels from the 1971 anti-war drama Johnny Got His Gun with footage of the band performing. The video was regularly played on MTV alongside hit videos from the era.

“[The music video] was an intense proclamation that showed Metallica was going to be a band to reckon with in the mainstream in the years to come,” according to the auction’s listing.

Since being uploaded online in 2009, the music video has garnered over 200 million views on YouTube. Watch it below:

Another notable instrument that sold at auction on Sunday was the Frankenstrat which the late Eddie Van Halen gifted to Mountain guitarist Leslie West. The guitar, which fetched $50,000, is believed to have been a backup on Van Halen’s tours in the mid-80s.


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