An auction over the weekend saw the sale of a bass guitar played by Paul McCartney, which broke the world record for the priciest bass.
McCartney used the Yamaha BB-1200 bass guitar on tour and in the studio to play as part of Wings. It sold for $496,100. The new record beat the previous one set by The Rolling Stones’ 1969 Fender Mustang bass in 2020. The previous one was $384,000.
Eddie Vedder destroyed a Lake Placid Blue Fender Telecaster during a performance, and the smashed guitar was sold for $266,200. It’s the most expensive smashed guitar ever sold at auction.
Other instruments auctioned included those from U2, Bruce Springsteen, Lou Reed, Johnny Marr, Green Day, Sir Elton John, Joan Jett, Kings of Leon, Rush and Radiohead.