Thursday, November 22, 2007

The View/McPhail Guitar Auction

A Gibson guitar designed by Scots artist Ryan McPhail and signed by The View fetched £750 at an auction on Tuesday evening.

As expected a 10ft tall hand-painted Gibson Les Paul replica guitar signed by Sir Paul McCartney became the star attraction of the night. After a competitive bidding war the giant guitar was eventually auctioned off for an amazing £60,000. Sir Paul McCartney said, "I'm really amazed and very happy that the guitar went for so much and for such a great cause."

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 was raised from the sale of the 62 hand painted and signed Gibson guitars which will be split equally between the three charities.

Simon Davies, Chief Executive of Teenage Cancer Trust said "Were delighted to be associated with such a fantastic event. Our sincere thanks go to Gibson Guitars for all their support and hard work - funds raised will make a real difference to the lives of teenagers with cancer across the country."

Nicky Weller Fundraising Manger of Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy said “We are thrilled at Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy with the end result of the auction and our sincere thanks goes out to all involved and everyone who bid on the night”

The Princes Trust, Caroline Wright said “We are delighted with the outcome of the Gibson Guitartown London Charity Auction. The thousands raised will help to change the lives of young people in this country who need our help most.”


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