GUITAR HEAVEN

Auction house Sotheby's will try and sell over 150 of the late John Entwistle's guitars...

More than 150 guitars owned by THE WHO bassist JOHN ENTWISTLE are to go on show in LONDON before being auctioned on May 13.

The sale at Sotheby’s will include two Gibson bass guitars expected to fetch between £30,000 to £50,000.

Sale specialist Stephen Maycock told the BBC: “We are incredibly lucky to be offering so many pieces from Entwistle’s personal collection ranging from music awards through to a ring decorated with a spider.”

“The collection of guitars, by a wide variety of makers such as Warwick, Alembic, Gibson, Gretsch and Fender, are all extremely fascinating,” he added.

Entwistle’s famous ‘Frankenstein’ bass guitar, which was made from the remains of five other guitars, is expected to sell for £7,000.

The 350 sale items, which also include brass instruments, photographs and paintings, will be on show at the west London auction house from Thursday (8) to Sunday (11).

Entwistle formed with The Who in 1964 with guitarist Pete Townshend, frontman Roger Daltrey and drummer Keith Moon.

Entwistle died of a heart attack in Las Vegas last year brought on by cocaine use. He was 57.