Ongoing History Daily: Weird rock’n’roll auction items

Rock memorabilia is big, big business and auction houses on both sides of the Atlantic are always offering interesting and sometimes weird items for sale. Here are some examples.

  • A Gibson ES 355 guitar owned by Noel Gallagher but smashed by Liam on the night the band broke up in Paris in 2009 sold for US$405,000. And yes, it was repaired before it went up for sale.
  • A case of tequila autographed by Carlos Santana.
  • A press clipping from a Dublin newspaper in 1978 that contains the first-ever mention of a new band called “U2.”
  • And how about this: A collection of prescription bottles in the possession of Elvis Presley the night he died in August 1977.

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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