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Rory Gallagher's Guitar Sells at Auction for $42,000

The late Irish rocker’s custom-built Patrick Eggle Guitar surpasses sales estimate.
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By Christopher Scapelliti

A guitar custom-made for Irish rock legend Rory Gallagher has sold for £25,000 — about $42,000 — at auction.

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The limited-edition J.S. Berlin Legend Patrick Eggle electric guitar was expected to fetch £15,000 to £20,000 at the sale, held April 11 by 1818 Auctioneers in England. The guitar was sold to an unidentified foreign bidder.

Gallagher’s guitar was number 30 of a limited edition of 150 JS Berlin Legend guitars built by the acclaimed British company. His guitar is distinguishable by the initials RG on the 12th fret of the fretboard. It is one of the last guitars owned by the guitarist, who died in 1995 at age 47.

Gallagher inspired some of the world's most famous guitar players. His influence stretched from Slash to Johnny Marr, from U2 to Queen's Brian May and Manic Street Preachers' James Dean Bradfield.

Eric Clapton credited him with "getting me back into the blues," and the Rolling Stones considered him as a replacement for departing guitarist Mick Taylor in 1974. Reportedly, when Jimi Hendrix was asked how it felt to be the world's greatest guitarist, he remarked, "I don't know. Go ask Rory Gallagher.”

Here’s a video of the guitar being played at the auction house.