A 10ft tall Les Paul replica signed by Beatle genius Sir Paul McCartney has sold for £60,000 at a charity auction hosted by Gibson. The hand-painted replica was the star attraction of the Gibson Guitartown London Charity Auction after a competitive bidding war. Sir Paul said, "I'm really amazed and very happy that the guitar went for so much and for such a great cause."
Gibson Guitartown London is a charity-inspired campaign, bringing the power of music together with art to raise money for Nordoff–Robbins Music Therapy, The Prince’s Trust and Teenage Cancer Trust. Over £200,000 was raised from the sale of 62 hand painted and signed Gibson guitars which will be split equally between the three charities. The charity auction was hosted by rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia auction house, Julien’s Auctions. Sir Paul’s guitar beat the second highest bid of the night by an incredible £49,000. Ronnie Wood’s guitar went for £11,000, Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters signed “The Wall” themed guitar designed by Gerald Scarfe, (artist responsible for the original The Wall artwork) went for £10,500, Slash’s Gibson SG went for £8,500 while Paul Weller’s 10 foot Gibson Les Paul replica guitar designed by Sir Peter Blake reached £8,000.