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Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Marc Bolan’s Flying V electric guitar expected to fetch £50,000

Pick of the bunch:  Marc Bolan and his Flying V guitar

An electric guitar once owned by Marc Bolan is expected to raise up to £50,000 at a rock and pop memorabilia auction later this month.

The T-Rex frontman’s Gibson Flying V electric guitar (1968) is accompanied by four colour promotional posters showing Bolan with the guitar, including a promo poster “Marc Bolan Plays Gibson” and T-Rex performing “Get It On” on Top Of The Pops.

Bolan, real name Mark Feld, died in September 1977 while returning home from a night out, when the Mini being driven by his girlfriend Gloria Jones crashed into a tree in Barnes, south west London.

The April 26 sale at Christie’s in London also includes a Valencia acoustic guitar, signed on the body in black felt pen by Johnny Cash, which is expected to make £12,000.

The guitar is also signed by Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Slim Dusty and is accompanied by four colour photographs of Johnny Cash on stage playing the instrument with June Carter Cash and their son, John Junior Cash, at a charity concert in Stanthorpe, Queensland, Australia.

Elvis fans are also catered for with a dollar note signed by Cash and The King up for grabs, as well as jeans, a double-breasted jacket and a purple shirt from Presley’s wardrobe coming up for sale.

A flamboyant stage costume worn by David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust in 1973, with a flame design in orange, red, yellow, gold and pink satin is expected to make £6,000.

Rare concert posters from Pink Floyd, The Monkees and Jimi Hendrix as well as numerous autographs from the likes of Cream, Pink Floyd and the Rolling Stones are available.

The auction also includes dozens of items of clothing and musical instruments such as Pete Townsend’s 1967 Coral Hornet guitar, expected to fetch up to £7,000.

On Tuesday, Thomson, Roddick & Medcalf hold a sale of general furniture and effects at the Auction Centre, in Irongray Road, Dumfries.

Next Friday the firm will auction antique, traditional and general furnishings at the Market Hall in Wigton.

Visit www.thomsonroddick. com or www.christies.com for further information.