March 8, 2009 An auction next week in London will see a guitar of quite remarkable lineage go under the hammer. The 1952 Gibson Les Paul was once owned and made famous by cult UK blues legend Duster Bennett, the “One Man Blues Band”. The guitar was given to him by Peter Green of Fleetwood Mac who got it from Eric Clapton. Clapton received it from the blues king BB King, who acquired it from Muddy Waters. Remarkably, the guitar is only expected to sell in the vicinity of GBP20,000.
The well-travelled Les Paul guitar is part of COYS “Rock Legends” auction and includes some 60 iconic and rare vintage instruments and rock ephemera associated with some of the most famous names from the music world, including Buddy Holly, George Harrison, The Who and Jimi Hendrix.
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Over 50 cars will be offered as part of the rock auction including a Ferrari Superamerica formerly owned by Rod Stewart (estimated at between GBP70,000 and GBP90,000), an Aston Martin DB5 from the Robbie Williams ‘Millennium’ video clip (estimated at GBP135,000 to GBP155,000) and a Citroen once owned by Dusty Springfield. The auction will be held at the Royal Horticultural Halls in Westminster, London on Thursday March 12th.