Christie’s is including one of Bono’s custom Gretsch Irish Falcons in a London auction on December 16. This is the iconic green hollow body guitar that Bono has used on stage since the Elevation tour, and bears the phrase “The Goal Is Soul” on the pickguard. Christie’s notes that while Gretsch collaborated with the U2 frontman on a production model in 2005, this guitar is from Bono’s own private collection and is the only original prototype ever to go up for auction. As a further treat, this Falcon is signed by all four band members!
The Christie’s website states, “This sale presents a unique opportunity to acquire one of the first prototype Gretsch Irish Falcon’s custom made for Bono….”
Always the humanitarian, Bono has donated the guitar to raise funds for the Musicares Foundation. Christie’s estimates the famous Gretsch will go for over $200,000.
This guitar brings back a lot of fond memories for me! Here are some pictures I took during a 360 show at Oakland, California, on June 7, 2011. Can you name the song that being played?