Paul McCartney auctions signed bass guitar

Paul McCartney auctions signed bass guitar

21 Jun 2012, 15:04 GMT+01

McCartney signed Hofner violin bass
McCartney signed Hofner violin bass

Sir Paul McCartney has announced that he will be auctioning off a signed Hofner violin bass guitar for the benefit of music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins.

The guitar will be sold at the O2 Silver Clef Awards on the 29th June. Paul McCartney won this award himself in 1988. Since the first O2 Silver Clef Awards 37 years ago, the event has raised over £8 million for Nordoff Robbins. The last McCartney guitar sold for this cause in 2007 raised £60,000 for the charity, helping to transform lives using music therapy.

The Nordoff Robbins approach to therapy using music developed from the work of Paul Nordoff and Clive Robbins in the 1950s and 60s. The basic principle is that everyone responds to music, which has a remarkable ability to enhance communication, resourcefulness and creativity. This unique emotive quality can improve the lives of the vulnerable, ill and disabled. The charity receives no statutory funding, and a large number of their patrons are musical legends like Sir Paul, David Bowie, Iron Maiden, Elvis Costello, Dire Straits, Mick Jagger, Sting, Keith Richards and many more.

Sir Paul McCartney had a vast influence on the popularity of the Hofner bass guitar, using a Hofner 500/1 bass throughout his career. The violin shaped model is often referred to as the ‘Beatle bass’. Therefore the opportunity to own this example, autographed by him, is a true rarity and testament to his championing of the brand.

Sir McCartney commented of Nordoff Robbins: ‘the work they do with music therapy transforms the lives of vulnerable children and adults across the UK’. He added, ‘rock on’.1

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See also

Main article: Paul McCartney collectibles
Main article: Top 10 items of Paul McCartney memorabilia
Main article: Vintage bass guitars
Main article: Guitars
Main article: Music memorabilia
Main article: Musical instruments

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