Wolfgang Van Halen Says Guitar Auction Was "Taking Advantage of My Father's Passing"
"It WASN'T for charity....What a surprise. Fuck 'em."
Published Dec 03, 2020In October, it was revealed that two guitars from the late Eddie Van Halen would hit the auction block, expected to between $40,000 and $80,000 USD. Now, son Wolfgang Van Halen has taken issue with the auction after both instruments sold for a hefty sum.
Taking issue with a Twitter post about the auction that skewed sensationalist, the younger Van Halen pointed out that the instruments up for auction were never used onstage, and he called the timing of the auction "fishy."
"The headline should read: 'Three guitars that are striped were sold at an auction for charity,'" he tweeted. "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."
Both of the auctioned guitars can be seen above. The red instrument, built by Van Halen and guitar tech Matt Bruck at the guitarist's 5150 studio, was gifted to a friend, while the black and white-striped axe came signed by the late guitar icon.
Pointing out that one instrument had been given as a gift, Wolfgang wrote, "I don't know who'd want to give that away. Timing is a little fishy to me." It turns out that the recipient of the red guitar, restauranteur Bryan Cush, passed away in 2014.
Upon learning the auction was not for charity, Wolfgang wrote, "They're just taking advantage of my father's passing. What a surprise. Fuck 'em."
The guitars went up for auction weeks after Eddie Van Halen's passing in October. The guitarist died at age 65 following a battle with throat cancer.
Wolfgang paid tribute to the elder Van Halen last month with debut single "Distance" and has remained adamant that the band's surviving members have no reunion plans.