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 Mean Girl (1973 UK 7" vinyl single with intact four prong centre, also including Everything. The vinyl is in excellent condition within a Pye company die-cut paper sleeve 7N.45229)
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STATUS QUO Portrait (1986 Dutch 20-track LP compilation, including Pictures Of Matchstick Men, Ice In The Sun, Mean Girl & more, unique picture sleeve. The picture sleeve is Excellent with faint shelf wear, the vinyl is clean & in Excellent condition with very little play BRLP54)
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STATUS QUO Down Down & Dirty At Wacken (2018 UK 14-track double live LP pressed on 180gram Vinyl, recorded at the Wacken Open Air Festival complete with a bonus region 0 DVD containing the full concert film in a wallet picture sleeve, with all parts housed in a deluxe gatefold picture sleeve. The sleeve shows minimal wear & the vinyl is near mint. Wild, electrifying & full of Quo classics!)
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STATUS QUO Rockin' Around With.... (1982 Italian 10-track LP compilation, housed in a unique Dutch printed picture sleeve. The sleeve shows only minor wear & the vinyl looks barely played HRS18)
- Status Quo - 12 Gold Bars Volume 1+1 + Hype Sticker - UK - vinyl LP - £10.00, $11.10, €11.40 (New Item) (arrived 28-Sep-2022 12:43)on October 3, 2022 at 3:32 am
STATUS QUO 12 Gold Bars Volume 1+1 (1984 UK 24-track double LP, including Rockin' All Over The World, Down Down, Marguerita Time & a version of Caroline recorded live at the NEC, Birmingham, hype stickered gatefold picture sleeve. The sleeve shows a little minor scuffing & the vinyl remains in Excellent condition & looks barely played QUOTV2)