The Who Sell Out


You have a big decision to make, would you rather buy Pete Townshend’s guitar or Keith Moon’s drums, both are up for sale on July 25th.

A  1970s stage-used red Gibson SG guitar that belonged Pete Townshend is avaialable to buy. The Who guitarist is famous for his signature windmill playing style and occasionally smashing guitars on stage. This guitar is thankfully still intact, it goes on sale as part of’s Spring 2014 Catalog Auction.

The guitar has a reserve price of €1850, but it has already attracted thirteen bids so far, with the current sale price at €7000. According to the listing the red Gibson SG was originally gifted to Cleveland disc jockey David Spero (later the manager of Eagles rocker Joe Walsh); it includes both the original case and a letter of authenticity from Spero that explains how he acquired the item. The guitar was used during a gig in Cleveland, Ohio in the 70s.



Also available at the auction, are drums used by Keith Moon during the recording of the Who Are You album and played during the during the band’s Quadrophenia Tour around 1973-1974. The drums have a reserve price of €740 but have already quintupled after eighteen bids on, the current top bid is €3700.

The lot features Keith Moon’s own Premier timbale drums in original bronze finish with their original heads. Also included are a large 20″ high-end Paiste crash cymbal, and two 14.5″ original drum heads, as well as the very stool that Keith Moon sat on while flailing away madly at his drum kit.



Auction ends on July 25th.

The Who announced news of their 50th anniversary tour in June, kicking off in Dublin on November 26th in the O2.