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David Bowie artwork and Damien Hirst guitar help swell Stand Up To Cancer fund

Published 18/11/2016

A David Bowie artwork was among the lots
A David Bowie artwork was among the lots

An auction of collectables, including David Bowie's artwork and a signed Damien Hirst guitar, has raised more than £307,000 for charity.

The specially customised Damien Hirst Butterfly Guitar - a Gibson Les Paul Goddess - signed by the artist, was the highest selling item at the Sound & Vision event at Abbey Road studios, fetching £25,000.

Guests were also treated to a special performance by acts such as former Strictly Come Dancing contestant Anastacia, as well as The Real Thing and Odyssey.

The Thursday night event was in aid of Stand Up To Cancer, a charity launched by Cancer Research UK and Channel 4 aiming, to speed up the process of bringing new treatments to patients.

Describing the night as an "amazing experience", Anastacia said: "It was an honour to be in a room full of people who share my ambition to raise money for research into cancer - a cause very close to my heart.

"After beating cancer twice I'm determined to do as much as I can to Stand Up To Cancer and make sure more people survive this awful disease."

The proceeds will add to the £38 million already generated by the charity since its launch in 2012, currently supporting more than 30 clinical trials and projects.

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