Noel Gallagher’s guitar which was damaged backstage at an Oasis gig and resulted in the band splitting up has sold for €385,500 (£325,000) at an auction in Paris.
The red Gibson was smashed at the French capital’s Rock en Seine festival in 2009 towards the end of the band’s world tour, Dig Out Your Soul.
Jonathan Berg, guitar expert and co-founder of the Artpèges gallery which organized the auction, said the instrument marked “a cult moment” in the history of music.
The band was supposed to play at the festival, but the crowd was told they wouldn’t be showing up. Noel later announced he was leaving the band, saying he could no longer work with his brother Liam.
Berg said, “Things had been brewing between the two brothers for a while.”
He added, “It exploded backstage, one of Noel’s guitars broke and that led to the band breaking up.”
With a starting price of €150,000, auctioneers estimated bidding for the guitar could have reached €500,000. The guitar, restored in 2011, was presented with its original case and a note from its former owner signed “Peace, love and bananas”.
Arthur Perault, another co-founder of Artpèges, said he was “rather happy” with the auction at the Hôtel Drouot.
Among the other lots was a leather and chain bondage suit worn by Martin Gore of the British group Depeche Mode, acquired for €15,528.
A rare vinyl signed by both Jimi Hendrix and French singer Johnny Hallyday sold for over €10,000.