Wednesday, 20 June 2007

Tubular Bells guitar due to be sold

Tubular Bells guitar due to be sold
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It's up for sale again!

This guitar is the original 1967 Fender Telecaster used by Mike Oldfield and was the only electric guitar sound source on his breakthrough "Tubular Bells" debut LP. The guitar was formerly owned by Marc Bolan, it was originally white, has had refins and was then stripped to natural. The middle pickup is a Bill Lawrence, routed and fitted by Mike Oldfield and his father in their garden shed.

The guitar is estimated to fetch between £25,000 and £35,000 when it goes under the hammer at Bonhams in London, although the last time this was put up for sale in May 2006 (on eBay) the auction ended at £7,501.00 - reserve not met (i.e. unsold). Mike Oldfield is donating all proceeds from the sale to the mental health charity Sane. I hope he manages to sell it this time.

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