HAMMER OF THE GODS

Guitars, fish, celebrity sketches, gold discs - the collection fetched a very fair price...

JOHN ENTWISTLE’s pink bass guitar has fetched almost ten times its estimated price at a SOTHEBY’S auction.

‘Frankenstein,’ a Fender Precision, sold for £62,400 earlier this week at the auction that has also seen his collection of 150 guitars, exotic fish, celebrity sketches and gold discs go under the hammer.

The guitar had previously been expected to fetch around £7,000.

Entwistle died last year of heart failure due to cocaine abuse, and added to his vast collection of guitars during almost 40 years of playing bass with The Who.

A Gibson Flying V guitar which sold for £38,400 and a Gibson Explorer, fetching £95,200, were amongst the other items that went for big sums at the auction on Tuesday (May 13), despite the guitars having an asking price of between £50k and £70k.

Life-size casts of 30 fish caught by Entwistle in the Caribbean sold for over £19,000.

The 400 lots were expected to sell for around £500,000, but The John Entwistle Collection totalling sales were £1,093,372. Life-size casts of 30 fish caught by Entwistle in the Caribbean sold for over £19,000.