If McCartney's Hofner Ever Went To Auction $$$?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by MoreBeer, Mar 20, 2014.

  1. MoreBeer


    Jan 5, 2014
    Although this would probably never happen, even if Sir Paul decided to raise a boatload of cash for charity, IF his Hofner went to auction, what do you think it would fetch? Its got to be the most valuable bass, guitar, whatever, period, on earth.....by far.
  2. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    I googled famous guitar auctions and apparently one of Bob Dylan's went for a million. Seems about right for the Hofner. Maybe a bit more but I doubt it would be several million.
  3. Stick_Player

    Stick_Player Banned

    Nov 13, 2009
    Somewhere on the Alaska Panhandle (Juneau)
    Endorser: Plants vs. Zombies Pea Shooters
    Probably up in the Stradivarius price range.

    NOT for build quality, but only because of the original owner and his legacy.

    I'll offer $10,000,000.00.

    A couple months ago, a Strad sold for $16,000,000.00.
  4. booke23


    Jan 20, 2014
    United Kingdom
    I think one of the most expensive guitars sold is Jimi Hendrix's 1968 Strat....that made $2m in 1998.

    I'd imagine Sir Paul's Hofner would be in this kind of bracket......but if you get two wealthy people at auction who both really want it......who knows what it could make!
  5. Locky66

    Locky66 Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2014
    West Michigan
    I would guess 1.5 million
  6. Stick_Player

    Stick_Player Banned

    Nov 13, 2009
    Somewhere on the Alaska Panhandle (Juneau)
    Endorser: Plants vs. Zombies Pea Shooters
    "Blackie" sold for $5,500.00 less than Dylan's AND 10 years earlier.

    * * *

    Consider also that McCartney STILL uses it - 50 years later. These other instruments were sold during the artists career. Must say something about the value placed on the instrument, by the original owners.

    Personally, I wouldn't even know what Dylan's guitar looked like. Ask the man on the street.
  7. MoreBeer


    Jan 5, 2014
    I think this auction would get billionaires involved bidding against one another and the price would just get crazy high. If Steve Jobs were alive (a huge Beatles guy) I couldn't imagine what he'd be willing to pay.
  8. booke23


    Jan 20, 2014
    United Kingdom
    I agree. His Hofner is so iconic....as stick_player says he's been heavily associated with it for 50 years. I can't think of any famous guitars that have sold with that kind of history. The sky's the limit.

    I'd be interested to know how much his Rick would make.....not quite as iconic but he's had it almost as long as the Hofner.
  9. GM60466


    May 20, 2006
    Land of Lakland
    $5 million
  10. Ukiah Bass

    Ukiah Bass

    May 10, 2006
  11. Stick_Player

    Stick_Player Banned

    Nov 13, 2009
    Somewhere on the Alaska Panhandle (Juneau)
    Endorser: Plants vs. Zombies Pea Shooters
    The rich are richer than ever.
  12. Saw History Detectives where a Lady brought in the Strat that Dylan played @ Monterey where he was booed for going electric. Pete Seeger was running around trying to find the plug to unplug it. Her dad was Dylan's pilot. Dylan had left it on the plane & never made an attempt to get it back even when they tried to contact him. One of the pieces of evidence that authenticated it were hand written lyrics in the case by Dylan. Saw Jamerson's Ampeg on another one - can't remember if it was authenticated or not. That Strat would sell big, the Ampeg maybe not so much.
  13. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    The Jamerson B-15 was never 100% authenticated, but I believe it was his. Not the one he used in Detroit, but the one he used in California. His son didn't think it was his because it had more knobs than the first-run B-15 he had in Detroit. But Dennis Coffey said that when he went to California, his amps had the exact same stencil as Jamerson's because they used the same cartage company. I think he probably picked it up once he got out there and used it for his sessions out there.
  14. Exactly $12,033,001.
  15. Stick_Player

    Stick_Player Banned

    Nov 13, 2009
    Somewhere on the Alaska Panhandle (Juneau)
    Endorser: Plants vs. Zombies Pea Shooters
    Dang! I was gonna bid: $12,033,000. It's always that "extra" buck that snipes me.

  16. bassinplace


    Dec 1, 2008
    Yeah, but how many famous bassists have played Rics? Lots of them. How many have played a Hofner? McCartney, that's it. Talk about iconic. I personally think it would be really silly to pay that kind of money for it, though. Even with it's historical significance, it's a pretty flimsy made guitar, imo. :atoz:
  17. booke23


    Jan 20, 2014
    United Kingdom
    True, although he is by far the most famous of the Ric players.

    I have never really cared much for the Hofner either.......I quite like their sound, but the lack of sustain would probably annoy me and I've never liked the whole violin styling thing. My local music store has one in stock and I had a chance to have a good look at it the other day, and it actually looks quite nice close up so they might be growing on me after all these years!
  18. Baird6869

    Baird6869 LET'S GO BLUE JAYS...(in 2016)...LET'S GO!!

    Remember that most of the $1,000,000 guitars were bought by retailers and subsequently copied to sell hundreds of copies. They were bought so they could sell hundreds of $10,000 copies. Basses aren't as popular.

    I would guess $1.5m tops.
  19. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    Sir Paul alive- 1.5million
    Sir Paul not alive - 2.5 to 3 million
  20. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    Sometimes people start threads about "If you could only own one bass"

    Well if I could only own one bass it would be Paul's Hofner ... Then I would sell it for as much as possible ...

    His Hofner is probably one of the most collectable basses of all time.