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20th June 2017

gary moore

A selection of guitars and vintage amps from the private collection of the late Gary Moore will be offered at Bonhams Entertainment Memorabilia sale at their Knightsbridge saleroom on 28th June 2017.

Born in Belfast in 1952, Moore was best known for his stellar solo career and for his role as guitarist in Thin Lizzy, as well as being part of the line-up of Colosseum II and Skid Row. That's the Dublin based blues rock band of the late 1960s and early 1970s, not the 1980s/1990s American band of the same name fronted by Sebastian Bach.

A highly skilled musician with a diverse repertoire ranging from hard rock to jazz, Moore's talents were acknowledged after his death by Bob Geldof, who described him as "one of the greatest blues players of all time," adding that "we won't see his like again." The singer, songwriter and guitarist would have been 65 next week.

The sale comprises a selection of lots from his extensive collection of instruments and accessories, with estimates ranging from £600 to £6,000. Leading the collection for the amps is a Marshall 1962 LTD ETD Jaguar 2 x 12" (£5,000-6,000) and for the guitars, a selection of acoustics from Northern Irish builder George Lowden (£1,500-2,500).

Also appearing in the collection are a 1982 Fender 1957 Reissue Stratocaster (£3,000-3,500) featured on the 'Live At Montreux, 1997' DVD and CD, also seen in the 1985 promo video for the hit single 'Out In The Fields', alongside Gary's old Thin Lizzy bandmate, the late Phil Lynott.

Also an extremely rare Gibson Gary Moore/Dark Fire prototype model, (£3,000-5,000) possibly the only one in the world, among a selection of other well documented items.

Stephen Maycock, the consultant for Bonhams Entertainment Memorabilia said of the upcoming sale:

"Following the 100% sales success in 2016 of items from the legendary guitarist's collection, we are delighted to be offering almost fourty more guitars and amps, showing Gary's constant search for different sounds and tones in is music."

The sale will feature a huge variety of memorabilia documenting the history of rock and pop throughout the ages, including signed posters, stage costumes and drums.

judas priest


monsters of rock

Monsters Of Rock In Full Flight is strictly limited to 300 worldwide and is available from 30th November but those ordering before 31st October will have their name published within a dedicated page in the book.

It's a deluxe 128 page hardback book in a metal flight case with a narrative by Jerry Bloom.

When promoter Paul Loasby put on the first Monsters Of Rock Festival in 1980 he could probably never have imagined it would become an annual event that would endure for so many years.

Featuring bands from the UK, Germany, Canada and USA, Loasby chose to stage the event at the Donington race circuit in the middle of England and it would prove to be a defining moment for many of the bands on the bill.

Not least for headliners Rainbow as it was the their last ever show to feature drum legend Cozy Powell. As it would happen it turned out to be the last for vocalist Graham Bonnet as well. For many of the other bands on the bill such as Scorpions, Judas Priest and Saxon, they were all on the ascendancy and would soon go on to even greater success.

Now in celebration of this first ever Monsters Of Rock Festival comes this hardback book full of glorious photos of the bands that took to the stage for that inaugural event including back stage shots. Most of these shots have not been published before which add to the uniqueness of this deluxe 128-page book which is packaged in its own flight case.

Also included are stories surrounding the event with tales and recollections from those who were there, including artists and fans alike. Each book will be signed by the author. The 300 will sell fast and definitely go on to become collector's items so order yours now right here to avoid disappointment.


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