Phoebe Bridger’s smashed SNL guitar was sold at the GLAAD Media Awards auction on Sunday, for an impressive $101,500. Bids had remained in the low five figures in the first few days of the auction, but deep-pocketed fans drove the prize up in a bidding frenzy on the final day.
“I know she has a loyal fan base,” Anthony Ramos, the supervising producer of the GLAAD Media Awards, told Variety. “Saturday night when I went to bed, it was around $18,000, and I was like, ‘That’s a great number!’ I was kind of hoping we would get to 25. Then I woke up and it was 40, then 50, then 80, and finally over 100. Obviously we were very pleasantly surprised. I’m so thankful someone wanted to support our work and wanted that guitar so badly.”
The purchaser of the guitar remains anonymous, but Ramos said, “Obviously it’s someone who’s either a huge Phoebe Bridgers fan or someone who is really into broken guitars or someone who really wants to help us accelerate our work for the LGBTQ community, and hopefully it’s someone who checks all three of those boxes.”
Take that, haters.
Phoebe Bridgers’ Saturday Night Live performance will now have been for a good cause: GLAAD has announced that it will auction off the singer’s smashed guitar from the February 6 show.
The guitar, which Bridgers used to perform Punisher’s “Kyoto” and “I Know The End” before smashing it on the SNL stage, will be auctioned off at the 32nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards on April 8, hosted by Niecy Nash. Nash’s wife Jessica Betts, Chika, Sabrina Carpenter, and Rebecca Black will all perform at the event.
The cast of Glee will also reunite at the ceremony, introduced by Demi Lovato, to honor the late Naya Rivera and her groundbreaking character on the show, Santana Lopez.
Previously announced special guests for the virtual ceremony include Ian Alexander (Star Trek: Discovery), Molly Bernard (Younger, Milkwater), Matt Bomer (The Sinner, The Boys in the Band), Jonathan Bennett (The Christmas House), Bob The Drag Queen (We’re Here), Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us), Laverne Cox (Disclosure, Promising Young Woman), Wilson Cruz (Star Trek: Discovery), Mackenzie Davis (Happiest Season), Robin de Jesús (The Boys In The Band, Tick, Tick...Boom!), Blu del Barrio (Star Trek: Discovery), Nyle DiMarco (Deaf U), Colman Domingo (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Euphoria), Clea DuVall (Happiest Season), Brandee Evans (P-Valley), Dan Levy (Schitt’s Creek), Jim Parsons (Hollywood, The Boys in the Band), DJ “Shangela” Pierce (We’re Here), Katy Perry, Eureka O’Hara (We’re Here), Anthony Rapp (Star Trek: Discovery), Bretman Rock (MTV Following: Bretman Rock), JoJo Siwa, Sam Smith, and the cast of Veneno.
The ceremony will premiere on GLAAD’s YouTube on Thursday, April 8, at 8 p.m. ET. For the first time, the virtual ceremony will also stream on Hulu at on April 8, at 10 p.m. ET.