Ian Curtis’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart” Vox Phantom VI Special guitar is up for auction

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We’ve seen an incredible run of acoustic and electric guitar auctions recently, including David Gilmour's Black Strat, Prince’s Blue Angel and Kurt Cobain’s battered Martin D-18E.

Now we can add to that Ian Curtis’ iconic Vox Phantom VI Special, the electric guitar he played – or mostly held – in the video for Joy Division’s 1980 single Love Will Tear Us Apart.

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.