NFL owner offered $1 billion for incredible guitar collection

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Indianapolis Colts owners Jim Irsay boasts an incredible musical collection featuring several rare cars (Image: AP)
Indianapolis Colts owners Jim Irsay boasts an incredible musical collection featuring several rare cars (Image: AP)

Jim Irsay, the owner of NFL franchise the Indianapolis Colts, is renowned not only for his passion for American football but also for his remarkable collection of guitars.

His extraordinary assemblage includes iconic instruments once owned by legendary musicians such as Kurt Cobain and Jerry Garcia, as well as pieces from The Beatles' touring days. With a penchant for hosting extravagant parties featuring celebrity performers, Irsay has even taken to the stage himself, playing alongside REM bass guitarist Mike Mills.

While it is highly unlikely that Irsay will part with his beloved collection, he has not completely ruled out the possibility, especially after receiving a jaw-dropping offer. During a recent interview with radio host Eddie Trunk, Irsay revealed that he was approached by a Middle Eastern entity with an astonishing proposal.

"I was offered by a middle east element – kind of like what's been going on in golf a little bit - $1.15 billion (£900m) for the collection," Irsay said (via the Express US). "They wanted to move it to Dubai and they wanted it in totality."

For Irsay, this collection represents a labor of love spanning 25 years. The rarity of certain items adds to their allure.

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For instance, Tiger - Jerry Garcia's iconic guitar - is no longer obtainable. Similarly, David Gilmour's Stratocaster guitar and The Beatles' drum kit are irreplaceable treasures that hold immense historical significance.

"I've put this together for 25 years, with blood, sweat, and tears," he said. "The collective of this 'collection' is so incredible, because there's nothing like it. And you can't get certain things anymore.

"You can't get [Jerry Garcia's guitar] Tiger anymore. You can't get David Gilmour's [Stratocaster guitar] or the Beatles drum kit. It's just not out there."

NFL owner offered $1 billion for incredible guitar collectionThe Beatles’ iconic drum kit is part of Irsay's collection (mediadrumimages/LelandKent)

The value of Irsay's collection extends far beyond its monetary worth. Each instrument carries a story and a connection to the artists who once used. them.

Meanwhile, Irsay has become involved in an argument with running back Jonathan Taylor, after the 24-year-old requested a new long-term contract with the Colts. "If I die tonight and Jonathan Taylor is out of the league, no one’s gonna miss us.

"The league goes on. We know that. The National Football [League] rolls on. It doesn’t matter who comes and who goes, and it’s a privilege to be a part of it."

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