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Oasis guitar damaged on night the band broke up is being auctioned for £325,000

A Noel Gallagher guitar damaged backstage at an Oasis concert has sold for €385,500 (£325,000) at a Paris auction.

The red Gibson ES-355 broke down during an argument between Noel and his brother Liam at Paris’ Rock en Seine festival in 2009.

The guitar, which Noel cited as his favorite guitar, made its first appearance in the acclaimed musician’s “Stand By Me” music video Be herenow Album released in 1997.

Jonathan Berg, a guitar expert and co-founder of the Artpèges gallery, which hosted the auction, said the instrument symbolized “an iconic moment” in music history.

After the argument that led to the broken guitar, Noel announced he was leaving the band, saying he could no longer work with Liam. The Britpop group broke up and in recent years both Gallagher brothers have been open about their strained relationship.

Liam recently said that the Brothers haven’t spoken to each other in almost 10 years.

“The two brothers had been bubbling for a while,” said Berg The guard the night the guitar was damaged.

He added, “It exploded backstage, one of Noel’s guitars broke and that caused the group to break up.”

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Restored in 2011 by luthier Philippe Dubreuille, the guitar was presented at auction with its original case and a note from its former owner, signed ‘Peace, Love and Bananas’.

Bidding started at €150,000 (£126,000) while auctioneers estimated the guitar could have fetched as much as €500,000.

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At the same auction house, a rare record signed by Jimi Hendrix and French singer Johnny Hallyday sold for more than €10,000 (£8,400).

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JOE HERNANDEZ

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