Hard Rock Cafe Coys

London's Old Park Lane came to a standstill today (Friday 3rd March) when the world famous Hard Rock Cafe hosted a preview of Britain's first rock n' roll motoring auction, which will be held by Coys in London next week.

Passers by stopped and stared as several of the iconic guitars, which are to go under the hammer, were played by up and coming guitarist Stephen Dale Petit and were shown to the press by 18 year old Karis Chandler, a guitar expert and adviser to the auction house.

The famous guitars included a 1952 Gibson Les Paul, which was owned and made famous by cult UK, blues legend Duster Bennett, known for his "One Man Blues Band". The guitar has an incredible lineage, being given to him by Peter Green of Fleetwood Mac who in turn got it from Eric Clapton. Legend has it that Clapton received this from the blues king himself, BB King, who acquired it from Muddy Waters. The guitar was expected to make at least 20, 000 at auction.

The guitars went on show with two famous cars, which will be auctioned. A Ferrari Superamerica owned by Rod Stewart, which is estimated at 70, 000 to 90, 000, and an Aston Martin DB5 from the Robbie Williams video 'Millennium' that is estimated at 135, 000 to 155, 000.

The COYS "Rock Legends" auction includes some 60 iconic and rare vintage instruments and rock ephemera associated with some of the most famous names from the rock world, including Buddy Holly, George Harrison, The Who and Jimi Hendrix.

The auction, which will be held at the Royal Horticultural Halls in Westminster, London on Thursday March 12th, has been organised by head of COYS Rock department Julius Thurgood, who gathered together the unique collection of guitars

COYS who regularly hold car auctions throughout the UK and Europe have brought together a unique collection of over 50 cars, including a Citroen owned by Dusty Springfield and the Aston Martin DB5 featured in Robbie Williams' famous James Bond inspired music video for his hit 'Millennium'.

Other highlights include bizarre Brian Eastwood dreamlike guitar creations, a replica of George Harrison's famous hand-painted Fender Stratocaster, "Rocky", and an official Gibson Buddy Holly J45 acoustic reissue, one of only 250 worldwide. Julius Thurgood said "This sale has some incredible guitars but is also accessible for all, with some guitars such as a very rare Buddy Holly reissue estimated at only 1000-1200. In a year which sees interest rates at just 0.5% and the 50th anniversary of the death of Buddy Holly, this could be a fantastic investment."

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