Paul McCartney’s Yamaha Bass Guitar Is The Most Expensive Sold At Auction
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Sir Paul McCartney’s Yamaha BB-1200 bass guitar broke the record for the most expensive bass ever auctioned, as it was sold for a whopping value of $496,100 at an auction over the weekend.
Apart from the bass, some other well-known instruments were also sold at the auction such as Eddie Vedder’s (Pearl Jam) Smashed Fender Telecaster for $266,200, Bruce Springsteen’s Telecaster for $72,600, Noel Gallagher’s (Oasis) Nash Telemaster for $51,425 and The Edge’s (U2) Custom Fender Stratocaster for $496,100.
The most expensive bass record was previously held by former Rolling Stones’ bassist Bill Wyman for his 1969 Fender Mustang bass that was auctioned for $384,00. As for Macca’s bass, it was the musician’s go-to instrument inside his band, Wings.
The auction entitled “Guitar Icons: A Music Instrument Auction to Benefit Music Rising,” was a project spearheaded by producer Bob Ezrin and U2 guitarist The Edge by their charity Music Rising, a New Orleans music outreach initiated in 2005. Its main aim is “to benefit musicians in the Gulf South,” with regards to “the devastation the COVID-19 pandemic has wrought on musicians and musical communities.”
The Edge gave thanks with a short message. “We want to thank everyone involved in this amazing auction, including the artists who generously gave their personal instruments and the bidders from around the globe who helped us break world records.”