A custom-designed drum kit owned by Alex Van Halen and used during Van Halen's 1980 'Invasion' tour sold for $230,400 during an auction this past weekend by Julien's.
Alex played the unique kit with articulated bass drums in over 100 Van Halen shows. It's the first kit of his to ever come to auction.
It hit the auction block after five years on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Proceeds from its sale will benefit a pair of music-related charities.
Alex and his late-brother Eddie Van Halen were longtime supporters of organizations aiming to empower musicians and supply music education to under-represented communities.
The Frangioni Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization which focuses on young artist development through workshops and a world class drum program.
The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation works to keep music alive in schools by providing vital support services to school districts, and new musical instruments to underfunded music programs nationwide.
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