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During 2007, the vendor, (owner of the music promoters Mad Hatter Concerts), launched the "Legends Signed Guitar Project". This was an initiative designed to raise funds for The Rainbows Children's Hospice, a facility for the care and respite of children with life limiting conditions based in Leicestershire. Mat Hankins of MH Music donated this Fender Stratocaster guitar, and through various contacts and associates the quest to acquire autographs to adorn the guitar, began.
On one occasion in 2007, the vendor was unable to personally travel with the guitar to the offices of Eric Clapton and Mark Knopfler, so the decision was made to use a national courier to ensure its safe delivery and return. Sadly, while on this vital return journey from London, the guitar vanished without trace... Despite an exhaustive inquiry by the courier company and huge amount of media interest nationally, it was feared the guitar was lost forever.
By chance, the guitar was rediscovered in January 2018, after being spotted for sale on an online auction site by a guitar enthusiast who was aware of the missing guitar. The guitar was then returned to the vendor in the same condition and with all signatures as they were. Other signatures have since been added.
Proceeds from this lot will be donated to The Rainbow Children's Hospice, which provides specialist respite, palliative and end of life care to children and young people with life limiting or life-threatening conditions and support to their families and friends.