A guitar played by Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page was sold for over £25,000 at auction yesterday, joining a host of high profile music memorabilia sold on behalf of charity.
The Martin ‘Birthday Special 2007’ acoustic guitar was sold as part of the entertainment memorabilia sale at Bonhams Knightsbridge yesterday (July 3), going to the highest bidder for £26,250. The custom guitar was donated by Page to the charity Action for Brazil’s Children Trust, for which he is a patron.
Elsewhere at the auction, a set of David Bowie‘s handwritten lyrics to ‘The Jean Genie’ were sold to a bidder in the saleroom for £18,750 while Bowie’s cardinal red Vox 12-string electric guitar made £13,750. The electric guitar was used by Bowie during the promotion of his 1972 album ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars’. A lock of Mick Jagger’s hair, taken in the 1960s by the sister of his then girlfriend Chrissy Shrimpton, was sold to an online bidder for £4,000. The money raised by The Rolling Stones‘ frontman’s hair is being sold to benefit the charity Changing Faces, for people with facial disfigurements.
The Trade Justice Movement was the beneficiary of almost £9,000 following the sales of a large canvas painting by Thom Yorke and artist/collaborator Stanley Donwood and a Yamaha piano used for Radiohead albums ‘Kid A’ and ‘Amnesiac’. The painting by Yorke and Donwood, who has designed all of Radiohead’s album artwork and poster campaigns since their album ‘The Bends’, was created in the lead up to the Make Poverty History campaign in 2005 and was sold for £5,000. Meanwhile, the Yamaha piano used for Radiohead albums ‘Kid A’ and ‘Amnesiac’ plus a microphone used and signed during by Radiohead on their ‘King of Limbs’ tour brought in a further £3,750.
Commenting on the sale and the money raised for charity, Stephanie Connell, Director of Bonhams Entertainment Memorabilia said: “We are delighted to have sold these iconic pieces of memorabilia and are thrilled that a number of them were on behalf of good causes.”