ROCKED BY MARC BOLAN’S GUITAR
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.