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Eddie Van Halen is a legendary name in music. The rocker is, after all, considered to be the best guitarist in the world – someone who redefined how the instrument is played. So, needless to say, guitars with a connection to the great musician normally sell for a small fortune. Yet Van Halen once used one of his own priceless axes to make a touching gesture to a fallen comrade.

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You see, Van Halen had been friends with musician Darrell Abbott – or Dimebag Darrell, as the influential guitarist of the band Pantera was more widely known. In December 2004, though, a crazed fan tragically murdered Darrell on stage at a Columbus, Ohio, nightclub. The gunman also took the lives of three more people before the police finally brought him down.

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