ICONS OF MUSIC AUCTION - RESULTS:
EDGE STAGE PLAYED GIBSON EXPLORER
SOLD FOR 150000.00 USD
BEATLES FOUR D.A. MILLINGS SUITS FROM MADAME TUSSAUD
SOLD FOR 120000.00 USD
BOB DYLAN OWNED AND PLAYED GUITAR
SOLD FOR 75000.00 USD
KURT COBAIN STAGE WORN
SOLD FOR 72500.00 USD
JERRY LEE LEWIS BALDWIN CUSTOM FLAME PIANO
SOLD FOR 70000.00 USD
GILMOUR OWNED AND PLAYED GUITAR
SOLD FOR 60000.00 USD
EDGE CONCERT USED GIBSON GUITAR
SOLD FOR 50000.00 USD
some of the other U2 items:
ADAM CLAYTON STAGE, VIDEO AND STUDIO PLAYED GUITAR
SOLD FOR 32000.00 USD
EDGE SIGNED LIMITED EDITION MUSIC RISING EPIPHONE
SOLD FOR 31000.00 USD
BONO'S STAGE WORN BULLET LEATHER
JACKET FROM THE VERTIGO TOUR
SOLD FOR 30000.00 USD
EDGE WORN U2 RINGS
SOLD FOR 27500.00 USD
STAGE WORN LEATHER JACKET FROM THE 1992 ZOO TV TOUR
SOLD FOR 25000.00 USD
EDGE'STAGE WORN COWBOY SUIT FROM THE
1997 POPMART TOUR
SOLD FOR 12000.00 USD
"MR. THE EDGE" MUSCLEMAN SHIRT
SOLD FOR 11500.00 USD
WORN LEATHER CUFF
SOLD FOR 6250.00 USD
BONO WORN HAT
SOLD FOR 5000.00 USD
THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF TALK... MAYBE TOO MUCH TALK...
WHICH GIBSON EXPLORER IS IT?
AND WHAT YEAR WAS IT MADE?
Here's some facts to water down some of the internet hype.
I'd contacted those running the auction and here are the facts of WHICH of The
Edge's Explorers is being auctioned:
We appreciate the dedication and interest in the U2
community regarding the Edge’s items in the upcoming Music Rising Icons of Music II auction.
fans of U2 know the Edge has a large collection of instruments, including back up instruments. This particular Explorer is
his #3 back up. Meaning, the Edge has at least two other of this model of guitar and used those two guitars with greater frequency
than this particular guitar. That said here is what the Edge told us of this guitar:
found this one in Cincinnati and it became one of the backup instruments for my main 1976 reissue Explorer during the 1987
Joshua Tree world tour and many U2 tours since.”
Regarding confusion over the serial number, Gibson
serial numbers pre-1977 serial numbers varied greatly. Many strategies were employed before the development of the system
employed by Gibson today.
From 1975-1977 some experimental serial numbers were used. Please refer Blue Book of Electric
Guitars Sixth Edition Gibson Serialization available in pdf form on the Gibson website. Where you can find the following information
on page 4:
“During the period from 1975-1977 Gibson used a transfer that had eight digit numbers, the first
two indicate the year, 99=1975, 00=1976 and 06=1977, the following six digits are in the 100000 to 200000 range. MADE IN USA
were also included on the transfer and some models had LIMITED EDITION also applied. A few bolt on neck instruments had a
date ink stamped on the heel area.
In 1977, Gibson first introduced the serialization method that is in practice today.
This updated system utilizes an impressed eight digit numbering scheme that covers both serializing and dating functions.
The pattern is as follows:
YY is the production year
DDD is the day of the year
the plant designation and/or instrument rank.”
You can see why many would contend that this guitar’s serial
number indicates that it was made in the year 2000. The idiosyncrasies of the serial numbers can cause confusion that we hope
to have cleared up.
Thank you - and happy bidding!