If there’s one thing we’ve learned from John Lennon’s tooth being sold for £20,000 a while back, it’s that people will pay a lot of money to own a piece of their favourite artist. No surprise then that Oasis have racked up more than their fair share of hefty auction prices in their time. Here are 10 of the most expensive…
Epiphone Supernova guitar – £1,040:
A collectors' item in more than one way, this "Man City Blue" guitar was Noel Gallagher's custom-designed signature model, manufactured by the guitar company from 1997 to 2005. This particular one, featuring a handwritten message to manager Alan McGee's dad John, is being sold for £1,040 from Britpopstore.co.uk.
'Supersonic' silver disc – £600-£800:
Presented to Creation Records' McGee for selling more than 200,000 copies of Oasis' debut single 'Supersonic' in 1994, at a later Manchester auction in 2011 you could grab a gin and tonic, nab this disc and bask in the glory of where the story all began.
'The Masterplan' blackboard – £1,400:
While putting a gigantic blackboard in your living room might not go down too well with your flatmates, you can't argue that owning an integral prop from an album sleeve is pretty cool. One punter clearly thought so when they shelled out £1,400 this February at a Warrington auction.
'Be Here Now' platinum disc – £800-£1200:
There's something perversely brilliant about Oasis' legendarily iffy third album 'Be Here Now' fetching an asking price of around a grand (as it did at a July 2011 auction in Manchester), but hey – the platinum disc did at least belong to Bonehead.
Noel Gallagher's lyric book – £4,140:
From The Beatles to Bowie, handwritten lyrics have always been the gold dust of the pop star auction and Oasis' of course were no different. Though some might say that "slowly walking down the hall/faster than a cannonball" isn't worth over £4,000, one punter at a Christie's auction in 1998 clearly didn't agree.
1996 NME Award – £5,000 reserve:
Causing the 1996 NME Awards' biggest furore, Noel threw his award for Musical Event of The Year' on the ground after stating that recently deceased Charlatans keyboardist Rob Collins should have been honoured instead. The famous finger snapped off, but the trophy still remains in its current owner's care after failing to meet the £5k reserve price.
'Roll With It' platinum disc – £4,100:
Back in 2011, our man Noel proved his charitable credentials by donating his own personal 'Roll With It' platinum disc to raise money for a special needs school in the Manchester region of West Didsbury. Sold at auction, it eventually raised more than £4,000. Good work, all round.
RIAA award for '(What's The Story) Morning Glory?' – £400-600:
Awarded to Bonehead for a whopping three million sales of 'What's The Story...' (with his bandmates of course, not just flogging them on street corners on his own), the RIA's fancy plaque is surely a wonderful addition to any wall or lovingly crafted Oasis shrine. This one was sold at auction in July 2011, in Manchester.
Superfan collection – £10,000 plus:
Here's the big one. In 2011, mega-fan Dean Ramsbottom sold 15 years worth of Oasis memorabilia in order to buy a house. Containing all manner of treasures including signed CDs, rare merchandise and limited edition artwork, it was listed as "one of the most comprehensive Oasis collections to ever come on the market" and listed at more than £10,000.
Demo cassette – £1,000
Recorded in 1991/92 and featuring some ridiculously old tracks including 'Colour My Life' and 'See The Sun', you'd have thought Oasis' first ever demo cassette would have been a top level auction product. It failed to meet its £1,000 asking price in February 2015, however, so if you've got some spare pennies then you know what to do.