Entwistle's 'Frankenstein' Guitar Sold at Auction

Rock legend John Entwistle’s prized pink guitar “Frankenstein” sold for almost 10 times the expected price at auction, Sotheby’s said on Tuesday.

The pink Fender Precision guitar had been expected to fetch up to $11,300 but sold for $100,400 as part of an auction of Entwistle’s collection of 150 guitars, exotic fish, celebrity sketches and gold discs.

Entwistle, who died of a heart attack in Las Vegas last year, amassed the collection during nearly 40 years as bassist with The Who — a band better known for smashing its guitars on stage than preserving them for posterity.

“Frankenstein” was so called because it was made up of the remains of five smashed basses.

“Some items have sold for well above estimate,” an auction house spokeswoman said.

Also sold was a Gibson Flying V guitar that drew $61,850 while a rare Gibson Explorer went for $153,349 against an estimate of between $80,000 and $112,000.

Among the more unusual lots were life-size casts of 30 fish — including a hammerhead shark, marlins and a barracuda — which Entwistle caught in the Caribbean. In total the fish made just over $30,600.

Drawings by Entwistle of his famous friends, including Rolling Stone Bill Wyman, Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton, also went under the hammer.

Entwistle was a founding member of The Who, one of the biggest British bands of the 1960s and 1970s with hits such as “My Generation,” “Pinball Wizard” and “Substitute.”

An autopsy on the star found Entwistle’s heart attack had been partly triggered by cocaine use.

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