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Guitar signed by members of The Smiths, The Stone Roses and New Order stolen from charity auction

Pair of maracas signed by Happy Mondays' Bez also taken from Chico's Kickin' Cancer Fundraiser ball in Manchester

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A pair of Bez' maracas and a bass guitar signed by members of The Stone Roses, New Order and The Smiths were stolen from a charity auction in Manchester last night (October 17).

Both items were stolen from Chico's Kickin' Cancer Fundraiser ball at the Palace Hotel Grand Room, reports Manchester Evening News. The event was held in aid of Chico Ryder, son of Happy Mondays bassist Paul Ryder.

The maracas were stolen just one hour after they had been sold in the charity auction as The Happy Mondays performed live. Bez reportedly let some members of the crowd shake them during the Happy Mondays' set only to see the item go missing. After repeated calls for their return, the aspiring politician was forced to sign a new pair for the winning bidder.

Meanwhile, a bass guitar signed by Paul Ryder himself plus Peter Hook of New Order, Andy Rourke of The Smiths and The Stone Roses' Mani (pictured right) was taken before the winning bidder could take it home. The guitar is described as being "a very distinctive mid blue colour and signed in silver ink by the four musicians." It belonged to the Ryder family and was sold to an unnamed bidder for £500 on the night.

Angela Ryder, wife of Paul and mother of Chico, said "I'm absolutely staggered that someone could stoop so low as to steal something that not only was up for auction to raise funds for a boy who had cancer, but that the item itself was donated by the family who the money was being raised for."

The family and staff at The Palace Hotel are searching CCTV footage to try to identify the culprit.
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