Ed Sheeran’s guitar just sold at auction...but how much did it go for?
- Credit: Carl Persson
A guitar that accompanied Suffolk musician Ed Sheeran on a world tour has fetched five figures at auction – selling for twice its estimated value.
The ‘Green T’ Fender Stratocaster was expected to sell for £4,000-6,000 by auctioneer Bonhams this afternoon.
But a bidding war soon eclipsed the estimate, with a quick-fire exchange between the saleroom and the phone ending in £10,000 being shelled out for the instrument.
It was loaned to the former Framlingham schoolboy by contemporary artist Teddy M, and played on his ‘X’ world tour for performances of the track Thinking Out Loud.
The tour took him to more than 15 countries, and included a live televised performance from Central Park, New York, for Good Morning America’s Summer Concert in May.
Bonhams’ entertainment memorabilia sale also featured a pair of Rickenbacker guitars played by Pete Townshend during The Who’s 25th anniversary tour, which fetched £42,000.
Meanwhile, a three-part drum kit played by Mitch Mitchell, of the Jimi Hendrix Experience, went for £16,000.
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Before the sale, Bonhams specialist, Natalie Downing said she looked forward to seeing how the market develops for Sheeran’s items at auction.