Just in time for Christmas are two collectors guitar’s from the late Eddie Van Halen that might make even the most generous gift giver flinch.
An EVH Charvel Art Series electric and a red-black-white Kramer built by Eddie himself will be the centerpiece of the prestigious Julien’s Auctions’ newest series Icons & Idols: Rock ‘N’ Roll.
Set to take place on December 4 and 5 the pieces are estimated to fetch $80,000 and $40,000 respectively.
First off is the red custom Kramer electric featuring white and black stripes designed which were applied by Eddie Van Halen himself. According to the listing the body is signed, “ Yo – / Bryan / Let’s get / shucked / up / Eddie Van Halen / 5150” and also comes with two backstage passes. The current bid is $40,000.
Eddie Van Halen’s Red Customized Kramer Electric | Credit: Julien’s Auctions
Next we have Eddie’s Stage-Played White Custom Charvel which also includes on-of-a-kind photos of EVH applying it’s custom paint job himself and of him playing that same guitar at a show in San Antonio. The front of the body is signed in black marker pen “Eddie Van Halen”, initialled “VH 04” and inscribed in Van Halen’s hand “San Antonio Texas / 9-28-04.” The listing also comes with a half-smoked cigarette found in the back of the guitar which the auction assumed belonged to Eddie. The current bid is $47,500
Eddie Van Halen’s Stage-Played White Custom Charvel | Credit: Julien’s Auctions
Among the other items in the auction are a plethora of collectables from Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Little Richard, Johnny Cash, and more.
Some of the most notable items include a handwritten poem from John Lennon, an iconic Michael Jackson crystal glove from his Victory Tour, a “Kurt Cobain custom stage “Played And Smashed” Guitar, Freddie Mercury handwritten lyrics from an unpublished song, and a a Jimi Hendrix “Owned And Played” Left-Handed Fender Stratocaster which is starting it’s bidding at $300,000.
Jimi Hendrix “Owned And Played” Left-Handed Fender Stratocaster | Credit: Julien’s Auctions