From the Daily Mail.
A battered green guitar worth just £75 (equivalent to £500 today) in 1968 has been sold at auction for a massive £118,813.
Francis Rossi bought the Fender Telecaster second-hand in Glasgow 51 years ago and used it right up until its retirement in 2015.
The Status Quo star, 70, revealed he was ‘amazed’ by the ‘chequered history’ he had with his instrument, ahead of its sale at Bonhams Knightsbridge on Tuesday.
He said: ‘The green Tele served me extremely well for almost 50 years and I’m always amazed when I look back and realise what a chequered history we had together
The guitar – which was first used on the single Down The Dustpipe in 1970 and played on virtually all the band’s tracks for the next 45 years – was the headline lot at the auction’s Entertainment Memorabilia Sale.
Jon Baddeley, managing director of Bonhams Knightsbridge, said: ‘It has been a great pleasure to have this iconic guitar in the spotlight at today’s auction.
‘The Bonhams saleroom is a very different stage to arenas or stadiums and we are delighted this legendary piece of British rock memorabilia hit such a high note today.’
The sale, which also featured the red and white trousers worn by Queen star Freddie Mercury on the band’s 1986 tour, comes after Francis revealed he couldn’t think of retiring while he had children living at home
In 2015 Francis admitted he was wealthy by most standards, but said he still had to finance a big family, with those still sharing his Surrey mansion aged from 23 to 45.
‘We are well-off. We are rich people,’ he said. ‘But I have got eight children who have all been university-educated. Five of them at the moment live at home. I like all that. I love the whole family, but it needs funding.’
Rossi, who is worth an estimated £10 million, has a total of eight children from three mothers.
He and his second wife Eileen were sharing their eight-bedroom property with their then 19-year-old university student Fursey; 25-year-old Fynn, who worked in finance; 21-year-old Kiera, a veterinary nurse; 26-year-old Patrick, a chef; and Nicholas, 43, who runs a decorating business and was between homes.
Rossi met his first wife, Jean, at Butlin’s in Minehead when he was 15 and she was 18. The couple married in 1967 and had three children – Simon, Nicholas, and Kieran – before their divorce.
He then had a three-year relationship with rock publicist Liz Gernon, who gave birth to their daughter Bernadette in 1984. He has been married to Irish-American Eileen since 1992.
Rossi admitted he and his bandmates would also be reluctant to give up the lifestyle they had become accustomed to since rising to fame with their first hit, Pictures Of Matchstick Men, in 1967.
He said: ‘I know we have entered the establishment and I don’t want to take a step backwards. I don’t want to come out of the lifestyle I am used to.
‘It’s very strange that the punter tends to think you have got £2 million in the corner of the bedroom in notes. You’ve had umpteen divorces, you drank like a fish, you live in a fabulous multi-million-pound house, you have got three or four or five cars…
‘They never figure that we do the same things as they do. I have got to think of where next week’s money is coming from, because it all needs maintaining. That is why we keep going.’
At the auction a self-portrait of John Lennon and Yoko Ono from 1969, which the former Beatle added to autographs or when signing letters, sold for £20,063.
A guitar commissioned by fellow Beatle George Harrison as a gift for his former manager Denis O’Brien, a Zemaitis 12-string acoustic guitar, fetched £18,813.
And a signed, hand-made shirt worn by Robert Smith of The Cure during the band’s 1989 Prayer Tour sold for more than five times its pre-sale estimate, going for £6,313.
Smith offered the shirt for sale and is donating the proceeds to the Oxfam charity’s Green Christmas appeal.
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- Status Quo - Red Sky - UK - 12" vinyl - £10.00, $12.20, €11.80 (New Item) (arrived 14-May-2022 14:59)on May 16, 2022 at 1:35 pm
STATUS QUO Red Sky (1986 UK 3-track 12" vinyl single, also including Don't Give It Up and The Milton Keynes Medley, glossy picture sleeve QUO1912)
- Status Quo - Dear John - UK - 7" vinyl - £8.00, $9.76, €9.44 (Back In Stock) (arrived 28-Apr-2022 14:25)on May 16, 2022 at 1:35 pm
STATUS QUO Dear John (1982 UK injection moulded 7" vinyl single, also including I Want The World To Know, picture sleeve QUO7)
- Status Quo - Ma Kelly's Greasy Spoon - 3rd - Red - UK - vinyl LP - £45.00, $54.90, €53.10 (New Item) (arrived 11-Apr-2022 17:18)on May 16, 2022 at 1:35 pm
STATUS QUO Ma Kelly's Greasy Spoon (1975 UK third issue of the 1970 10-track stereo LP pressed on Ruby Red vinyl, which shows with a strong light source behind. The matt picture sleeve displays only light wear mostly to the edges, whilst the vinyl remains excellent with only a few light, mostly cosmetic, surface scuffs. A really nice example NSPL18344)
- Status Quo - Dog Of Two Head - Ruby Red Vinyl - UK - vinyl LP - £25.00, $30.50, €29.50 (New Item) (arrived 11-Apr-2022 17:22)on May 16, 2022 at 1:35 pm
STATUS QUO Dog Of Two Head (70s UK issue of the 1971 10-track LP on the graduated pink Pye label, pressed on Dark Red Vinyl, visible when held to the light. The vintage price-stickered gatefold picture sleeve shows a little light edgewear and the vinyl is near as new NSPL18371)
- Status Quo - Pictures Of Matchstick Men - UK - vinyl LP - £15.00, $18.30, €17.70 (New Item) (arrived 11-Apr-2022 17:23)on May 16, 2022 at 1:35 pm
STATUS QUO Pictures Of Matchstick Men (1976 UK 12-track vinyl compilation LP featuring a collection of Status Quo early hits including Black Veils Of Melancholy, Ice In The Sun, Make Me Stay A Bit Longer, Are You Growing Tired Of My Love, the classic title track & more. The front-laminated picture sleeve shows a little shelfwear to the edges/front while the vinyl looks barely played HMA257)