- 18 May 22
The guitar has become a symbol for the night of Oasis’ notorious split-up.
Noel Gallagher's famous Gibson ES-355 guitar, which was broken by the brothers at Rock en Seine, has sold for €385,000 at an auction in Paris on Tuesday.
Previously his favourite guitar, the 1960 ES-355 Gibson is featured in the music video for Oasis' 'Stand By Me' from the album Be Here Now. The now infamous guitar was also in Gallagher's hands throughout the band's 2008 Dig Out Your Soul tour and Gem Archer can be seen playing it on the track 'Don't Look Back in Anger'.
“Each object or instrument that you will discover at this auction belongs to the history of music, past, present and future. This is, for example, the case of Noel Gallagher's ES-355, symbol of Oasis's split-up, broken at Rock en Seine and repaired by luthier Phillipe Dubreuille,” said Arthur Perault, co-founder of Artpèges.
“This guitar crystallises a specific moment in the history of music,” he said.
Noel Gallagher’s guitar that was damaged backstage at an Oasis concert and culminated in the band breaking up has sold for €385,500 (£325,000) at an auction in Paris. pic.twitter.com/Ty9wfQWm5U
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The night the band broke up, the brothers were set to perform at the Paris leg of their Dig Out Your Soul tour, when fans were left without a show.
Noel Gallagher sent the guitar off to be repaired by French luthier Philippe Dubreuille and it was restored to perfect “decent vintage” condition in 2011.
Now the songwriter for band High Flying Birds, Noel “finally decided to part with his instrument that reminded him too much of the Oasis years.”
The guitar was sold in its original case and included a note handwritten by Noel himself which said: "Peace, love and bananas".
The 1960 guitar sold for €300,000 which was at the lower end of the estimate alongside €85,000 in fees.
The iconic Bondage suit worn by Martin Gore of Depeche Mode during the band’s Music for the Masses tour in 1987 and their World Violation Tour in 1990 also sold at the auction for €15,528 including tax.