Kirk Hammett's "One" ESP 400 Series S-Type Sells for $112,500 at Auction
Played in the song's oft-played-on-MTV music video, the guitar had a starting bid of just over $20,000.
The ESP 400 Series S-Type guitar that Kirk Hammett used in the music video for Metallica's 1988 hit, "One," has sold (opens in new tab) at auction for $112,500.
Sold by Heritage Auctions, the autographed, 7.9 pound guitar features a rosewood slab neck, Floyd Rose-style trem, a trio of single-coil pickups, a natural finish, and black hardware. Having begun with a starting bid of just over $20,000, the S-Type was bought by an anonymous bidder.
Taken from the band's 1988 album, ...And Justice for All, "One" was Metallica's first top 40 hit, and remains – as one of their most well-known songs – a live staple for the band.
The guitar was accompanied by a certificate of authenticity – also signed by Hammett – and its original hard case.
For more info on the guitar, stop by entertainment.ha.com (opens in new tab).
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By Rod Brakes
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