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Eddie Van Halen guitar sells for more than $37k

Guitar was personally designed, stage played and signed by late rocker

Eddie Van Halen’s personally designed custom guitar, owned and played onstage by the late musician at the February 16, 2008 show in Jacksonville, Florida was auctioned for $37,500 at Nate D. Sanders Auctions Thursday night (Dec 10th).

Van Halen signed the Charvel guitar with a silver marker. He listed the Jacksonville concert date as well as ”Van Halen ’08.” The guitar comes in a custom EVH (Eddie Van Halen) Charvel guitar case.

Bidding started at $30k.

The auction may lead some to question its legitimacy following a lot of three guitars Julien’s Auctions recently sold for a combined $422k that Van Halen’s son, Wolfgang, highly criticized. Those guitars were also described as having been played, used and designed by Van Halen and were labeled “iconic” by the auction house.

However, Wolfgang accused the auction house of “taking advantage of the situation and selling anything that had to do with my father,” after seeing the listing. He says the guitars were not the iconic Frankenstein or Shark and he had nothing to do with the auction, and one was a gift.