Stardust's Guitar Signed By The Beatles And More Sells For Over £30,000
The late Mansfield rocker's guitar sold for £32,500 in an auction dedicated to Beatles memorabilia this afternoon.
An acoustic guitar with custom decoration signed by many musicians including John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Buddy Holly, Bill Haley, Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, Kenney Jones, Mick Jagger, Brian Jones, Bill Wyman, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Gene Vincent, Chuck Berry, and many others. The guitar has a painted blue neck, black and silver sequins on the body, and a skeleton cutout on the back. No maker or serial number present.
The guitar belonged to Alvin Stardust (née Bernard Jewry), who performed under the name Shane Fenton in the 1960s and then as Alvin Stardust through the 1970s, into the 1980s, and up until his death in 2014. He had numerous hits, including "My Coo Ca Choo," "Jealous Mind” and "I Feel Like Buddy Holly." Stardust nicknamed the guitar "Peggy Sue” when he was 16 years old, after meeting his idol Buddy Holly at a concert in Doncaster in the UK in March 1958. Holly was the first to sign the guitar, and from then on, in Stardust's own words, he "took the guitar everywhere."
As Stardust entered the music business himself, he continued collecting signatures and did so throughout his career.
Accompanied by a signed letter of authenticity from Stardust's wife, Julie Paton-Jewry, and photographs including Stardust with the guitar, Daltrey signing the guitar, Cliff Richard holding the guitar, and Townshend with the guitar. Also accompanied by an autograph map showing the location of each signature on the guitar, a USB drive containing a video of Stardust explaining the history behind the guitar, and a hardshell case.
It was lot #32 at Juliens Auction in Liverpool whic hsaw 274 Beatles related items go up for sale.
Alvin passed away in 2014 after being diagnosed with prostate cancer. Six years earlier he came into our studio and spoke with Norman Cox about his career and even brought in his prized guitar.
Born Bernard William Jewry in 1942, he moved at a young age to Mansfield, where his mother ran a boarding house frequented by musicians and entertainers appearing locally, Jewry attended the Southwell Minster Collegiate Grammar School (now Southwell Minster School) in Southwell, as a boarder. He made his stage debut in pantomime at the age of four.
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