London, England (November 24, 2007) – There’s a new record selling price for 10 foot tall hand-painted Gibson Les Paul statues. Sir Paul McCartney’s went for £60,000 ($126,050) at the Gibson Guitartown London Charity Auction, held at the IndigO2. The charity auction was sponsored by Hard Rock, Coutts & Co Bank and Newbridge Silverware and streamed online live around the world via The Auction Network website and by Ebay.
guitar is one of 30 that were on display around London between June and
September. The were painted by the likes of Sir Paul, Brian May, Robert
Plant, Noel Gallagher, Paul Weller, Rod Stewart, Ozzy Osbourne, Jeff
Beck, KT Tunstall, Bruce Dickinson, New Order, Dirty Pretty Things,
Kasabian, Hard-Fi, James Blunt, Katie Melua, Stereophonics, Mark
Knopfler, Roxy Music, Gallows and The Kooks to name a few.
additional 30 hand painted and signed regular-sized Gibson SG guitars
were publicly displayed around The O2 Arena in Greenwich. They were
personally signed by musicians like Ronnie Wood, Slash, Paul Rodgers,
Roger Waters, Corinne Bailey Rae, Lemmy, Depeche Mode, The Fratellis,
Lost Prophets, Kaiser Chiefs and Mark Ronson.
the project with the musicians were noted visual artists Sir Peter
Blake, Andrew Logan, Peter Saville, Anton Corbijn and the caricaturist
Gibson Guitartown London is a charity-inspired
campaign, bringing the power of music together with art to raise money
for Nordoff–Robbins Music Therapy, The Prince’s Trust and Teenage
Cancer Trust. Over £200,000 ($400,000) was raised from the
sale of the 62 hand painted and signed Gibson guitars which will be
split equally between the three charities.
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