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Guitars of rock legend Gary Moore expected to fetch £120k at auction

By Angela Rainey

Published 13/06/2016

Irish rock musician Gary Moore
Irish rock musician Gary Moore
One of Gary Moore's guitars up for sale

Guitars once strummed by Thin Lizzy and Skid Row guitarist Gary Moore are expected to fetch more than £120,000 when they go under the hammer later this month.

Almost three dozen of the guitars once owned by the east Belfast man will be auctioned by Bonhams in London.

Amongst them are a Fender Stratocaster, which was a gift from Claude Nobs, the founder of the Montreux Jazz Festival, which is expected to sell for up to £12,000.

Moore used the guitar in live gigs, televised concerts and also on the Blues for Jimi DVD in 2007, the same year he also received a Gibson Les Paul 1959 from a fan which he used to warm up before gigs.

It carries an estimated price of £3,000.

His personal collection of around 100 guitars also included electric, acoustic, bass, banjos and a sitar, and he was also known to auction many for charity as well as give them to his fans.

Stephen Maycock, a consultant specialist at Bonhams, told the Independent on Sunday that Moore fans may not be the only ones bidding. "They may be a guitar collector who wants a particular guitar," he said.

"The fact that it was owned by Gary is extra but may not be the reason to buy it.

"The kudos of such an instrument coming from such a well-respected player is obvious.

"Gary Moore had that huge hit with Phil Lynott, 'Parisienne Walkways', so his connection with Thin Lizzy is obvious. But he played with a number of different bands and different styles of music.

"He never had the same commercial success as Eric Clapton but he graced the stage wherever he played and as a guitar player he was a match for anybody, hugely respected within the industry and by other players."

Born Robert William Gary Moore, the father-of-four grew up on Castleview Road, off the Upper Newtownards Road in east Belfast, before leaving the area just as the Troubles were starting. His talent meant he could play right-handed instruments in the standard way despite being naturally left-handed.

Moore moved to the Republic at the age of 16 where he befriended Peter Green of Fleetwood Mac who mentored him when performing in Dublin.

He died of a heart attack in his sleep in 2011.

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