Blues­man’s fa­mous gui­tar set to go un­der ham­mer

Yorkshire Post - - NEWS -

A GUI­TAR owned by in­flu­en­tial blues­man Booker White is set to fetch up to £120,000 at auc­tion.

The 1933 Na­tional Duo­lian res­onator gui­tar, named Hard Rock, was owned by and played for more than 30 years by White.

Booker, known as Bukka, met then 24-year-old English pho­tog­ra­pher Keith Perry at a blues fes­ti­val in New­cas­tle in 1967.

In 1976 – a year be­fore White’s death – he sent the pho­tog­ra­pher his prized gui­tar in re­turn for postage and pack­ing costs.

After its ar­rival in New­cas­tle, the gui­tar was played by the likes of Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits, Brian John­son of AC/DC, and foot­baller David Gi­nola.

Blues­man BB King – who was White’s cousin – also played the gui­tar and dubbed it a “holy relic”.

It ex­pected to fetch be­tween £80,000 and £120,000 and comes with let­ters from White and his gui­tar case. The auc­tion will take place at Gar­diner Houl­gate in Cor­sham, Wilt­shire, on March 13 and 14. Hard Rock and other gui­tars will be avail­able for view­ing on March 11 to 13.

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