Mark Knopfler guitar attracts interest


The guitar that former Dire Straits musician Mark Knopfler used to record the famous opening to the band’s 1985 hit “Money for Nothing” is expected to make headlines at auction.

The auction on Wednesday is part of a large sale of his instruments.

The original 1959 Les Paul Standard that Knopfler acquired from Bobby Tench of The Jeff Beck Group has a guide price of £500 000 (nearly R12 million) at Christie’s auctioneers in London.

However, the guitar will have to fetch a lot more to beat the record of previous famous guitars sold for millions of dollars.

Kurt Cobain’s guitar that he used during his legendary 1993 MTV Unplugged-played a gig, was sold in June 2020 in Los Angeles for $6 million (today about R113 million) – the most expensive price ever for a guitar.

The second most expensive guitar also belonged to Cobain. It was a Fender Mustang that was used in the video “Smells Like Teen Spirit” in 1991. The guitar was sold in May 2022 for $4.7 million.

Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour’s Fender Stratocaster, called “Black Strat”, was sold for almost $4 million in June 2019 – a record at that time. Gilmour has the guitar on the band’s album The Dark Side of the Moon played.

Eddie van Halen’s custom Kramer electric guitar, featured in the video for Van Halen’s “Hot For Teacher,” was sold for $3.9 million at an auction by Sotheby’s auctioneers in April 2023.