A 1951 Fender Telecaster Precision, signed by some of the North East’s best-known celebrities, is due to be sold in Newcastle this month.
The bass guitar, favorite of Wallsend-born musician Sting, was originally sold at a charity auction to celebrate his 50th birthday. The charity auction, organized in tribute to Sting, by the Varity Club Great Britain, took place at the Civic Center in Newcastle on May 7, 2004.
Sting is one of many local celebrities to sign the instrument which is set to go under the hammer at North East Auction House, Anderson & Garland on June 15.
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Actors Robson Green, Tim Healy and Denise Welch (then Healy) and musician Phil Sumner, who were present on the evening of the charity auction, also signed the Fender Telecaster Precision.
The guitar, which is in immaculate condition and still bears the original Fender tags, comes with a program of events from the evening and has an estimate of £2,000-3,000.
Anderson & Garland MD, Julian Thomson said: “It is a pleasure to offer this superb guitar, signed by some of the North East’s best known celebrities, at auction which was originally sold as part of a charity auction to celebrate 50 years of Sting.e Birthday.”
Along with the 1951 Fender Telecaster Precision, Anderson & Garland will also be auctioning touring jackets from internationally renowned musicians including Oasis, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Bob Dylan, Tom Jones, and more. Anderson & Garland received jackets from a 40-year-old tour manager.
Among those up for auction is a jacket and memorabilia from the famous 1996 Oasis concert at Knebworth. The event was the biggest selling event ever at Knebworth with 250,000 people attending over two days.
As well as a suede jacket that was given to touring staff for Whitney Houston’s 1993 European tour and jackets given to touring staff for Michael Jackson’s 1988 BAD tour, which played to 970,000 people in England alone because there were no Scottish shows.
Mr Thomson added: “It will come as no surprise that this impressive collection of musical memorabilia, acquired over a 40-year career, has captured the attention of collectors around the world. Featuring elements from some of the greatest tours the music industry has ever seen, these items are sure to be one of the highlights of our music auction, which will take place next week.”