noel gallagher: Singer Noel Gallagher’s Gibson guitar that broke up rock band Oasis sells for $390,000

PARIS: Noel Gallagher’s Gibson guitar, broken in 2009 along with the implosion of British band Oasis, sold for 385,500 euros at an auction in Paris on Tuesday.

Later repaired, the destruction of the red Gibson at the French capital’s Rock en Seine festival in 2009 was “a cult moment” in music history, said guitar expert and co-founder Jonathan Berg. Artpeges gallery which organized the auction.

With a starting price of 150,000 euros ($160,000), auctioneers said bidding for the guitar could have reached 500,000 euros.

A flagship of the 1990s Britpop movement built around the notoriously grumpy Gallagher brothers, Oasis achieved worldwide success, selling 60 million albums and spawning hits like ‘Wonderwall’ and ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’.

The band were due to play Rock en Seine in 2009 towards the end of their year-long “Dig Out Your Soul” world tour – named after their album of the same name.

But “things had been brewing between the two brothers for a while,” Berg said.

“It exploded backstage, one of Noel’s guitars broke and that led to the band splitting up.”

An eager crowd waiting for the pair to appear was stunned to hear the message that Oasis was history.

The dramatic split sparked years of public discussions between the brothers via the press and social media that gradually cooled.

The two have continued to make music since splitting, but have repeatedly ruled out getting Oasis back together.

The guitar, restored in 2011, was presented with its original case and a note from its former owner, signed “Peace, love and bananas”.

Bidding started at 150,000 euros ($190,000), selling just above the low estimate of 300,000 euros plus a commission of 85,500 euros.

Arthur Perault, another co-founder of Artpeges, said he was “rather happy” with the session.

Among the other flagship lots, a bondage suit entirely in leather and chains worn by Martin Gore of the British group Depeche Mode, corresponded to the high-end estimate, finding a buyer for 15,528 euros including tax.

A rare vinyl signed by both Jimi Hendrix and beloved French rocker Johnny Hallyday sold for over 10,000 euros.

A total of 85 lots were offered on Tuesday at the Hôtel Drouot, the main auction site in Paris, including amps from the 1960s, screen prints of Pink Floyd albums and photos of rock stars.

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