Tales of Rock – Eddie Van Halen Guitars Sell for $422,000 at Auction and His Son Wolfgang Is Not Pleased

Three of Eddie Van Halen‘s iconic custom guitars recently sold at auction for a combined $422,000 — an event that did not impress his son Wolfgang.

Wolgang went on a tweet storm after Julien’s Auctions finalized the sale at nearly a half-million dollars for three of Eddie’s “Frankenstrat”-style guitars. He called the timing of the auction “fishy,” being that it happened so soon after Eddie Van Halen’s tragic passing, and said he had “nothing” to do with the sale.

In a retweet of a headline announcing the final auction price, Wolfgang said: “The headline should read: Three guitars that are striped were sold at an auction for charity. They weren’t stage guitars. I had nothing to do with this. I don’t EVER plan on selling any of my father’s iconic guitars. The only place they’d possibly belong in is a museum.”

However, the auction wasn’t for charity, as Wolfgang soon discovered. He shamed one auction beneficiary for selling a guitar that was gifted to him before slamming the entire thing altogether.

“Also one was a gift,” he tweeted. “I don’t know who’d want to give that away. Timing is a little fishy to me. … Oh wait, scratch that. It WASN’T for charity. They’re just taking advantage of my father’s passing. What a surprise. F**k ‘em.”

As previously reported, Eddie Van Halen presented one of the guitars to close friend Bryan Cash in 1991 after playing the instrument at the latter’s Cash’s Centenary Oyster House in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Wolfgang himself faced similar criticisms from aggro Twitter users after releasing his debut solo single last month. But as Wolfgang was quick to point out, the music had been planned for release before his father’s death, as Eddie had expressed that the chosen single was his favorite song on Wolfgang’s upcoming album.

Read Wolfgang’s Twitter thread below.

The headline should read: “Three guitars that are striped were sold at an auction for charity.” They weren’t stage guitars. I had nothing to do with this. I don’t EVER plan on selling any of my father’s iconic guitars. The only place they’d possibly belong in is a museum.

Wolf Van Halen
@WolfVanHalen
Oh, wait, scratch that. It WASN’T for charity. They’re just taking advantage of my father’s passing. What a surprise. Fuck ‘em.
I’ve got to say something here. Those guitars that were sold belonged to people. Not your father. They acquired them and sold them. Maybe during this pandemic they needed the money and took advantage of this opportunity.
This auction has nothing to do with Eddie Van Halen or his legacy as an extraordinary artist. Wolfgang is a trust fund baby now worth over $100 million dollars. He’ll never have to work a day in his life.
But, it was Woldgang who dropped his new record withing weeks of his father’s passing. I get it, but the sad fact is, he will never be his father. No matter what Wolfgang does he will never, ever reach the height his father did, and that’s okay. I saw Sean Ono Lennon’s shit band open for Tame Impala who then opened for The Flaming Lips at Festival Pier here in Philly a few years ago. I can’t name any song by Sean Lennon, nor do I remember any song he played that night.
No matter what Sean or even Jullian do in life, they will never be one half of the two greatest composers of the 20th century. Ain’t happenin’ boys.
Eddie Van Halen was a phenomenon like Jimi Hendrix before him. Those two guys. That’s it. Everybody else is just doing some stuff with the blues and rock, and every guitarist after Eddie played like they were speed typing. No one will buy your records Wolfie, and we get that you are in possession of the original Franken Strats your dad made. No one cares.
I once knew a guy who was suffering, and I told him most people weren’t his friends and didn’t care about him. They were simply curious and enjoyed the gossip.
Eddie Van Halen will live forever as a musical genius, innovator and legend. It’s nice Wolfie is making music and I regret his loss, but musically he will simply be an oddity.
So if people have these guitrs, who cares if they make a bunch of money selling them. You got to have Eddie Van Halen as a father who loved you and spent time with you. Shouldn’t that be enough, Wolfie?

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