The guitar Kirk Hammett used in Metallica’s “One” music video has sold for $112,500.
The ESP 400 series instrument, which is said to be in “excellent” condition, was purchased by an anonymous buyer via Heritage Auctions.
The guitar comes with Hammett’s signature in silver ink at the bottom of the natural solid body, with the guitar also coming with a signed certificate of authenticity and original hard case.
The ONE, the only, Kirk Hammett’s “One” guitar!
Kirk Hammett’s ESP 400 Series Natural Solid Body Electric Guitar – Used in the Metallica ‘One’ Music Video
— Heritage Auctions (@HeritageAuction) April 1, 2021
An official description reads: “Very clean and all-original ESP Strat-style guitar. Has a 1 & 11/16th width nut on a rosewood slab neck. Signed on the body in silver ink by Kirk Hammett and accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity, also signed by Kirk Hammett. 7.90 lbs. Original hard case included. Condition: Excellent.”
Released in 1989, “One” was Metallica’s first-ever official music video. The song was featured on the group’s fourth studio album, …And Justice For All, which came out in 1988.
“Shot in black and white and splicing footage and audio from the 1971 film Johnny Got His Gun, the “One” video was a staple on MTV,” Heritage’s listing continued. “But it wasn’t just a ‘Headbanger’s Ball’ staple — it was on MTV during the daytime in between videos from U2, Debbie Gibson and Bon Jovi. It was an intense proclamation that showed Metallica was going to be a band to reckon with in the mainstream in the years to come.”
Anyone wishing to purchase the guitar from its new owner have the option to make an offer on the Heritage Auctions listing. The owner’s willingness to entertain and respond to offers has not yet been verified, however an offer price of $168,750 (£123,000) is currently being displayed.
Elsewhere in Metallica news, it seems a collaboration between the metal titans and Elton John appears to be on the horizon. John revealed last month that he’s “done something” with the band, although further details on the project are yet to be revealed.