Paul McCartney's famed Yamaha BB-1200 bass guitar -- used during his legendary run in Wings-- has been sold at auction for a whopping $471,000. The sale, which benefited Music Rising, took the charity, "back to its roots and will help restore the livelihood of musicians of New Orleans and surrounding regions who have suffered through the pandemic." All told the instruments donated by the likes of McCartney, Eddie Vedder, and The Edge raised over $2 million for Music Rising.
The sale of "Macca's" Yamaha shattered the record for a bass, which was previously held by Bill Wyman’s 1969 Fender Mustang bass with a competition orange finish, which was a mainstay of the Rolling Stones' concerts and recording sessions in 1969 and 1970, and sold in 2020 for $384,000.
Other musicians that donated instruments to the cause included Ron Wood ,Paul Stanley, Joan Jett, Lenny Kravitz, Flea, Billie Joe Armstrong, and Noel Gallagher, among others. Guitar.com reported: "Eddie Vedder’s Telecaster broke the record for the most paid for a smashed guitar at auction. It sold for an undisclosed amount."