Alex Van Halen’s Auction Brought in Some Big Bucks!

Drummer Alex Van Halen of Van Halen performs during the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 17, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada
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We recently reported that Alex Van Halen was hanging up music and selling off all of his equipment and other odd items. We couldn’t wait to see what was available to try and snag some of this rock royalty memorabilia and were quite surprised not only at what some of the items available were but how much they were actually going for. Everything from drum kits, cymbals, and drumsticks to awards, setlists and the family encyclopedias? Check out some of the items below and what they actually went for!

Van Halen Drum Kit

Sold for $125,000.00

This is the drum kit that Alex Van Halen used during 111 shows starting in 1986 and on their 2015 North American tour and features the entire kit including kick drums, cymbals branded with the Van Halen logo and much more stored in very nice road cases.

Van Halen practice notes

Sold for $1,000.00

This was a very rare set of three handwritten copies of Van Halen practice notes, xeroxed so they remain in very good condition. The lists include “Van Halen Trio Jam: (We Learn),” “Van Halen Trio Jam: (We Know.)” and “Van Halen Practice!”

Alex Van Halen Drumhead

Sold for $3,312.79

This drumhead was also made exclusively for the 2015 tour and was signed by Alex Van Halen in 2023.




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As for those encyclopedias? They went for a little over $1,000! Be sure to let us know if you were the lucky fan who purchased one of these or any other items from the auction! Or just let us know what you wish you could have purchased. Truly a once-in-a-lifetime auction.

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