The Who guitarist, who had a tendency to smash his instruments during the band's early years, destroyed the Rickenbacker during their 25th anniversary tour in 1989.

He writes in a statement, "In the first years of work with The Who in 1964 and 1965 I smashed about 7 Rickenbackers, but never another until 1989, and the one offered here is the only one to survive, even in pieces... I will never smash another Rickenbacker again, and certainly never mount one as a trophy in this way."

The smashed pieces were collected by his guitar technician and made into an art installation, which was sold with a signed working guitar of the same model, which Townshend also used during the tour.

The lot made $84,000 at Bonhams auction house in London on Thursday (10Dec15).