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Sir Paul’s Big LP Breaks Record

Sir Paul’s Big LP Breaks Record

Fetches $126,050 at auction

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.

The 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.

An 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.

Collaborating on the project with the musicians were noted visual artists Sir Peter Blake, Andrew Logan, Peter Saville, Anton Corbijn and the caricaturist Gerald Scarfe.

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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