Rossi's Guitar is Headline Act at Bonhams

Famous Green Fender Telecaster Belonging to Status Quo's Francis Rossi is Top Selling Lot in Entertainment Memorabilia Sale

The green Fender Telecaster belonging to Status Quo's Francis Rossi OBE – one of British rock music's most recognised guitars - was sold on Tuesday 17 December in the Bonhams Entertainment Memorabilia Sale for £118,813, after more than 50 years in the musician's ownership.

Purchased for £75 in 1968 by Rossi, who customised it with furniture paint to create its unique green finish, the Fender was an integral part of Status Quo's history, from being played on 'Down the Dustpipe' in 1970, and then on virtually every one of the band's singles and albums up to 2015.

The guitar also featured in the majority of the band's live shows – including the globally aired 'Live Aid' concert at London's Wembley Stadium in 1985 – until being retired by Rossi in 2015.

Jon Baddeley, Managing Director of Bonhams Knightsbridge, who was on the rostrum, said: "It has been a great pleasure to have this iconic guitar in the spotlight at today's auction. The Bonhams saleroom is a very different stage to arenas or stadiums and we are delighted that this legendary piece of British rock memorabilia hit such a high note."

Other top ten lots which rocked the Entertainment Memorabilia sale were:

Judas Priest/K. K. Downing: A Hamer Custom K.K. Mini V guitar, circa 1984. One of four Mini Vs made specially for Ken Downing, which he further customised with upholsterer's studs, sold for £27,563.

This was one of five guitars offered by the Judas Priest guitarist, which all successfully sold, including a second Hamer Custom K.K. Vector guitar, 2003, which realised £17,563.

Queen: A pair of Freddie Mercury's trousers, as worn for the final tour in 1986, achieved £20,063.

John Lennon: A large self-portrait with Yoko Ono, 1969, an image which he used many times from 1969, adding it to autographs or when signing letters, sold for £20,063.

A guitar commissioned by fellow Beatle George Harrison as a gift for Denis O'Brien, a Zemaitis 12-string acoustic guitar, realised £18,813.

A hand-made shirt worn by Robert Smith of The Cure during the band's 1989 'Prayer Tour' and signed by him sold for more than five times its pre-sale estimate, achieving £6,313. The shirt was offered by the lead singer who is donating the proceeds to the Oxfam charity's Green Christmas appeal.

The next Entertainment Memorabilia Sale at Bonhams Knightsbridge will take place on 17 June 2020.


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