Rare collection of music memorabilia is auctioned in Diss

Guitars, amps and pedals were among rock memorabilia sold at TW Gaze in Diss. Ed Taxil-Webber with s

Guitars, amps and pedals were among rock memorabilia sold at TW Gaze in Diss. Ed Taxil-Webber with some of the interesting items. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2013

A guitar made specifically for Brian May failed to sell at auction today (Friday) when a collection of items belonging to some of the greatest music legends of the past century went under the hammer.

It had been hoped the one-off Taylor K-20-CE acoustic guitar crafted from Hawaiian koa wood would have fetched about £6,500 at the sale by TW Gaze in Diss.

The instrument was purchased new in Hong Kong from Tommy Lee Music by roadie Mike Coxhead during Queen's world tour, but the band changed the tour date to Singapore, and the guitar wasn't delivered to May.

Auctioneer and sales organiser Ed Taxil-Webber said the guitar was now open to 'sensible' offers.

'As with any auction some things sell and some thing don't,' he added. 'There was a good room-full of people and there was quite a buzz.'


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The entire collection was owned by Mr Coxhead, who toured with Led Zeppelin, The Who and Pink Floyd.

He started his own business and produced the first electronic drum machine in the early 1980s.

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Successful sales at the auction included a rare late 1960s Impact by Status amplifier with provenance relating to Joe Walsh of The Eagles which sold for £420, and a pedal which was used at Pink Floyd's set at Knebworth festival which fetched £220.

An unusual collection of body art once worn by Kate Bush went for £220, while a signed Snow Patrol album sold for £230.

Mr Taxil-Webber added: 'It was a one-off collection and we won't see one of those again. We had a mixture of people from musicians to collectors and enthusiasts.'

He added that a television crew from the BBC One show Bargain Hunt had also filmed the auction for a future episode.

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