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The collection of Rory Gallagher will come to auction at Bonhams this October

The collection of Rory Gallagher will come to auction at Bonhams this October

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The World’s Most Recognisable Fender Stratocaster Owned by Rory Gallagher Comes to Bonhams This October

London – Known for his legendary live performances, the Irish musician and songwriter Rory Gallagher (1948-1995) was an inspiration to many and is one of the most revered guitarists of all time. Now the collection of Rory Gallagher will come to auction at Bonhams on 17 October in New Bond Street, London. The sale will consist of guitars, amps and accessories from Rory Gallagher’s life and career. The sale will include Rory Gallagher’s iconic 1961 Fender Stratocaster.

Rory Gallagher bought the guitar for £100 on credit from the owner of Crowley’s Music Store in Cork, Ireland in 1963. According to legend, it may have been the first Stratocaster to ever reach Ireland. It became synonymous with Gallagher and its wear and worn finish have made it one of the world’s most iconic electric guitars. It has featured in a number of landmark exhibitions, appeared on the cover of countless guitar magazines, and has been played by the likes of Johnny Marr and Joe Bonamassa. Since 2004, Fender has created and sold replica models of the guitar as part of their artist signature series.

Claire Tole-Moir, Head of Bonhams Popular Culture department, commented: “Rory Gallagher’s 1961 Fender Stratocaster is one of the world’s most recognisable guitars. It was an enormous part of Rory Gallagher’s life and was with him from the very start of his career right until the end. It could be said that it was on this guitar that he carved out his legacy of being one of the greatest guitarists of all time. It has been treasured by Dónal Gallagher, Rory’s brother and former manager, and the Gallagher family ever since Rory’s passing in 1995. Bonhams is honoured to be entrusted with bringing this iconic Stratocaster to auction and is excited to announce the landmark sale of Rory Gallagher’s extensive collection.”

Speaking of Rory Gallagher’s Stratocaster Sir Brian May commented, “He was one of a very few people at that time, who could make his guitar do anything it seemed, it just seemed to be magic…I remember looking at this battered Stratocaster and thinking “how does that come out of there?”. Brian May has also said that “One of the reasons I do what I do is because of Rory.”

Sale: The Rory Gallagher Collection
Location: New Bond Street, London
Date: Thursday 17 October 2024
Further Information: bonhams.com
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