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An instrument by the bassist of The Who was auctioned in France for $17,000

An instrument by the bassist of The Who was auctioned in France for $17,000

A bass specially designed by and for British rocker John Entwistle, who was a member of the band The Who, was sold at auction on Thursday in Lyon, central-eastern France.

Courtesy of UDG

A bass specially designed by and for British rocker John Entwistlewho was part of the band The Who. It was awarded in US$17,000 at an auction on Thursday in Lyon, central-eastern France.

The instrumentwhose value had been estimated betweeneu$s13,000 and 16,200was purchased by a French collector through an online platform according to a statement from the house of De Baecque and associates.

John Entwistle’s instrument that was sold by US$17,000

It’s about a “prototype” made in 1986 by the German luthier Warwick “at the request of John Entwistle, who designed it,” explains auctioneer Etienne de Baecque. This Buzzard model, whose shape resembles that of a mouthpiece, was later produced in limited series.

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The bass that was sold in France for US$17,000.

The bass that was sold in France for US$17,000.

Courtesy of UDG

The first copy was presented at the inauguration in 1988 in Lyon from a specialized store “Guitar Center”, now defunct. He The Who’s bassist had given a demonstration before giving away the instrument, signed, to a collector. He had kept it until now but decided to sell it along with other pieces from his collection.

He announcement of the sale had aroused “a lot of interest from around the world“, according to De Baecque. “Collectors are a bit fetishistic. That it is dated and signed attracts them,” he comments.

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