Coldplay Guitar Sells for Surprisingly High Price

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The first acoustic guitar of Coldplay’s Chris Martin sold for twice its expected price when it went up for auction on Wednesday at Bonhams auctioneers.

The circa 1996 Tatay classical guitar went for $29,536, more than twice its estimated valuation of about $11,000 to $14,000. The price includes fees and taxes.

Martin used the guitar to write many of Coldplay’s earliest songs and played it for the recording of the band’s debut, Parachutes, released in 2000. That record included the hits “Shiver,” “Yellow” (video shown below) and “Trouble.”

The instrument sold with its hardshell contoured case, on which is affixed a sticker inscribed “The Coldplay,” the band’s original name, and a flyer for the single “Yellow.” The case also has Christopher AJ Martin written in hand on the back in Tipp-Ex correction fluid (the Euro version of Wite-Out).

As a bonus, the case included numerous Martin & Co guitar strings stored in the accessories compartment and a chord sheet for the Coldplay song “Help Is Round the Corner” written in Martin's hand.

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