ROCKED BY MARC BOLAN’S GUI­TAR

Daily Mail Weekend Magazine - - ANTIQUES ROADSHOW / GOLDEN MOMENTS -

Gui­tar cases are promis­ing, but you never re­ally know un­til you open them up. Ex­pert Marc Al­lum, a gui­tarist him­self, no­ticed a couple with a case in the queue at Swansea Town

Hall in 2006, and he was not to be dis­ap­pointed in any way.

In­side was a strik­ing and dis­tinc­tive Gib­son Fly­ing V.

This in it­self is valu­able enough, but the bridge of this par­tic­u­lar in­stru­ment was en­graved with the name

‘Marc Bolan’, the leg­endary and flam­boy­ant Bri­tish glam rocker of the 1970s (right).

Marc learned of the gui­tar’s his­tory – it was used by Bolan in iconic pub­lic­ity shots and on shows like Top Of The

Pops. This par­tic­u­lar gui­tar was from the same batch as one made for Jimi Hen­drix.

The couple also had a gold lamé stage suit and a sailor suit, which were both worn by Bolan. They were friendly with the per­son who ran the of­fi­cial Marc Bolan fan club and had bought them from him.

VAL­UED AT: Gui­tar at £50,000-£60,000, gold lamé suit at £8,000-£12,000 and sailor suit at £8,000-£12,000.

CUR­RENTLY: The gui­tar sold at auc­tion for a com­mis­sion-in­clu­sive £36,000, the lamé suit made £7,000 and the sailor suit was pri­vately sold but later val­ued by Sotheby’s at £14,000.

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