The star bought the acoustic model, his first, in Devon, England and used it throughout his time at the University College London, where he met future bandmate Jonny Buckland. This is the guitar used during the recording of their album Parachutes.
The instrument, along with its personalised (and very battered) guitar case, featuring the Coldplay frontman’s name and addres, is now set to go under the hammer at Bonhams auction house in London on 24 June, when it is expected to be among the top draws.
Natalie Downing, a specialist in entertainment memorabilia at Bonhams said: “Musical instruments regularly produce excellent prices at Bonhams, so with many featured in the sale, it’s a great opportunity for collectors and fans to take home items that their musical heroes may once have played.”
The sale will also feature two of Eric Clapton’s guitars, which are valued at between £4,000 and £7,000, and a rare stereo pressing of The Beatles’ Please Please Me album from 1963, which is estimated to sell for £8,000.