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Pete’s Gear: Guild F50 acoustic guitar (destroyed)

Pete Townshend’s Guild F-50R 6-string acoustic guitar, broken. Likely purchased in 1971 from Manny’s in New York.

From bbc.co.uk antiques: The guitar above was owned by Pete Townshend of The Who. Paradoxically, the fact that it’s smashed adds to its value because it highlights its original owner’s rebel image, and it’s worth £4,000 to £6,000.

The guitar is accompanied by a letter by Townshend, detailing its history, which says: “I broke it in 1973 in a rage of frustration in my studio.”