The Hokada nylon-string instrument may well have been the first used by a young David Evans, but it had served its purpose by around 1980, when his mother Gwenda sold it to a teaching colleague in Scoil Íosa in Malahide, Co Dublin.
U2 only had one single under their belts at that stage and neither party to the sale could have imagined they would become the world’s biggest rock group.
More than three decades later, and her own guitar lessons well and truly behind her, the purchaser has placed it for sale in auction later this month. The acoustic guitar is estimated to fetch €3,000 to €5,000, — helped by the fact that The Edge signed it years after his mother sold it for around the same price she had first paid herself.
In the same Rock, Pop, and Movies sale at Whyte’s auctioneers in Dublin on March 28, Louis Walsh’s collection of 39 gold and platinum records awarded for album and ticket sales by Westlife are being sold for charity.
He donated them to Our Lady’s Hospice, which could raise €4,500 to €6,500 if the expected prices, from €80 to €300, are realised.
Most of the music lots are rare or signed albums, including an extremely scarce early Thin Lizzy single, ‘The Farmer’, which has a pre-sale guide price of €2,000 to €3,000. It was the band’s first release but only 283 copies were sold and the remaining 217 were scrapped.
Collectors are also likely to be excited by a very first pressing of Elvis Presley’s debut single ‘That’s All Right’, bearing the highly-sought Delta marks on the label, verifying authenticity.
“It’s been put in the sale by the family of a man who was obviously an Elvis fanatic — he worked as a chef in a top London hotel and collected Elvis during the 1960s and ’70s,” said Whyte’s head of collectables Stuart Purcell.
Movie buffs are likely to be looking for front-row seats as well, with three collections of almost 300 vintage posters going under the hammer in the same sale. Every genre is featured, but ever-popular categories feature strongly, such as James Bond movies, spaghetti westerns, horror, and Hitchcock.
“The audience for these is mainly in three categories, your movie buffs, traditional collectors who want to complete the James Bond or some other set, and decorators for commercial premises,” Mr Purcell said.
“But they seem to be a growing thing for ‘man caves’. I think when chaps are reaching a certain age beyond their late twenties or early thirties, more garages are being converted into home cinemas, and posters like these can make the perfect decoration.”