An instrument belonging to the bassist of the rock group 'The Who' is auctioned in France for $17,000 | EUROtoday

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A bass specifically designed by and for the British rocker John Entwistlewho was a member of the band The Who, was awarded 15.650 euros ($17,000) at public sale Thursday in Lyon, central-eastern France.

The instrument, whose worth had been estimated between 12,000 and 15,000 euros (13,000 and 16,200 {dollars}), has been bought by a French collector by means of an internet platform in line with a press release from the home of De Baecque and associates.

It is a 'prototype' made in 1986 by the German luthier Warwick “at the request of John Entwistlewho designed it,” explains auctioneer Etienne de Baecque.

This mannequin Buzzardwhose form is paying homage to a mouthpiece, was later produced in restricted sequence.

The first copy was offered on the inauguration in 1988 in Lyon of a specialised retailer 'Guitar Center', now defunct.

The Who's bassist had given an indication earlier than giving the signed instrument to a collector.

He had saved it till now, however determined to promote it together with different items from his assortment.

The announcement of the sale had aroused “a lot of interest from around the world,” in line with De Baecque. “Collectors are a bit fetishistic. The fact that it is dated and signed attracts them”feedback.