Eddie Van Halen memorabilia continues to bring out big bidders. The latest item to hit the auction block was the guitar he used in the video for “Hot For Teacher.” Unsurprisingly, it sold for big bucks.

The guitar was sold by Sotheby’s. It was estimated to sell for between $2,000,000 – $3,000,000 with the minimum bid being $1,800,000. The winning bid ended up being $3,932,000.


Sotheby’s noted of the guitar, “Kramer CO176 is the first rear-loaded striped guitar that Eddie Van Halen received from Kramer luthier Paul Unkert … CO176 is believed to have been completed in late 1982 and delivered to Eddie in January of 1983. It was made from poplar wood and was one of Eddie’s main guitars throughout 1983 and 1984.”

With this auction, the “Hot For Teacher” guitar is now one of the most expensive guitars to ever sell at auction. Per Guitar Worlda select few guitars have sold for more. Among them is David Gilmour's Black Fender Stratocaster ($3,975,000) and two Kurt Cobain guitars. The guitar Cobain used in the video for “Smells Like Teen Spirit” sold for $4,550,000 in 2022. Meanwhile, Cobain’s Martin D-18E he played on MTV Unplugged went for $4,550,000 in 2020

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Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well-versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice. #TransRightsAreHumanRights

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