A simple-looking Spanish guitar that might not otherwise be worth €30 could be worth more than 100 times that thanks to the signature of its previous owner: U2’s The Edge.
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.