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Jimmy Page guitar and David Bowie lyrics are top lots in Bonhams Entertainment Memorabilia sale
A set of David Bowie's handwritten lyrics to his track, The Jean Genie gained international interest and were secured by a bidder in the saleroom for £18,750. Photo: Bonhams.
LONDON.- Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page’s Martin ‘Birthday Special 2007’ acoustic guitar was the highlight of the Entertainment Memorabilia sale at Bonhams Knightsbridge today, which exceeded its estimates, selling to a round of applause for £26,250 to a bidder in the saleroom.

In laid with Led Zeppelin Zodiac symbols and Jimmy’s name and famously played by Page while performing at Roy Harper’s 70th Birthday celebration at the Royal Festival Hall, the custom guitar was donated by Page to the charity Action for Brazil’s Children Trust, for which he is a patron. Bonhams is delighted to have sold this item on the charity’s behalf.

A set of David Bowie's handwritten lyrics to his track, The Jean Genie gained international interest and were secured by a bidder in the saleroom for £18,750. The lyrics, signed and dated 1972 by Bowie on lined notepaper, were given to the founder of Bowie’s New York fan club. The Jean Genie appeared on the 1973 album Aladdin Sane, Bowie’s first number one album.

Another highlight was David Bowie’s cardinal red Vox twelve-string electric guitar which made £13,750 and was used by Bowie during the promotion of his 1972 album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars.

Stephanie Connell, Director of Bonhams Entertainment Memorabilia commented on the sale, “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”.

A lock of Mick Jagger’s hair sold to a bidder on the internet for £4,000. Mick Jagger’s hair was cut by his then girlfriend, Chrissy Shrimpton at her family home and, unbeknown to Chrissy, collected by her grandmother. The lock of hair is being sold to benefit the charity Changing Faces.

Additionally, Bonhams helped to raise money for The Trade Justice Movement by offering a large canvas painting by Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and artist/collaborator Stanley Donwood, who has designed all of Radiohead’s album artwork and poster campaigns since their seminal album The Bends. The impressive artwork was created in the lead up to ‘Make Poverty History’ in 2005 and was sold for £5,000. A Yamaha piano used for Radiohead albums 'Kid A' and 'Amnesiac' and for corresponding tours along with a microphone used and signed during by Radiohead on their ‘Limbs’ tour along with signed microphone realised £3,750

The sale also included a range of photography, signatures and ephemera relating to the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix and the Punk movement and also encompassed collectable movie posters, costume and props from classic film and television including an array of James Bond vintage film posters from 1962 to 2006.



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