Smashed at the end of The Who concert on December 1, 1967.
Antiques Trade Gazette reports that the remains of the 1964 Sonic Blue Fender Stratocaster guitar that Pete Townshend smashed at the end of The Who concert on December 1, 1967, at Long Island Arena in Commack, NY, are going on sale at Heritage Auctions of Dallas on April 15.
The instrument comes with a pre-auction estimate of “at least $20,000,” with Heritage pointing out that “even without the celebrity value, a 1964 Fender Strat in good condition could bring that price; other Townshend ‘smashers’ have sold for as much as $75,000.”
The final price will also include a two-page hand-written letter from the original owner and a ticket stub from the show.
Heritage Auctions entertainment and music memorabilia director Garry Shrum stated:
“This an important piece of history from one of the greatest and most important bands in the history of rock ‘n’ roll. Guitars that were smashed by Pete Townshend became instant history, instruments that never got played after leaving the hands of one of the greatest guitarists of all time.”