Bob Marley’s broken guitar auctioned for 22 Million

Friday, December 11, 2020, 10:38 PM GMT-5

The custom made Ovation Balladeer acoustic guitar and loaded pick-up once owned by the late-great reggae legend Robert Nesta Marley sold for a colossal US$153,600, that’s 22 million Jamaican Dollars at the Icons & Idols Trilogy “a private auction event held annually” the event took place last Wednesday.

It was presumed that the broken guitar would sell for between US$80,000 (that’s about J$11.8 million) or US$100,000 (that’s about J$14.8 million).


Jonathon Olsen, son of Benji Levy said his father gave the guitar to him before he passed away.

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The auctioneers state that Marley gifted the guitar to Levy round about 1979. A letter of authorisation was attached to the item on the official auction site hinted on how Levy Bob struck up a friendship after meeting at a car dealership in Jamaica at a time where Levy worked on the Island.

It’s been said that Levy was attempting to coerce Bob to get a BMW. When Marley asked why that particular car, with his great sales skills, Levy explained that BMW stands for “Bob Marley and the Wailers”

It’s alleged that when the guitar got a minor damage Marley then gave it to Levy, who got it fixed.

A business card for a New York Record store which was signed by Bob Marley was sold for US$2,560 (that’s about J$381,000).

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