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Alvin Stardust's childhood guitar one in a million

By Tim Moynihan

A guitar bought for Alvin Stardust for just over £1, when he was a 12-year-old boy, is now worth more than £1m.

The budding pop star took his three quarter sized Spanish guitar everywhere and had it signed by such famous names as Buddy Holly and The Crickets, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Billy Fury, Marty Wilde and Chuck Berry – among many others.

The 71-year-old star tells in a BBC Radio 2 programme to be aired tonight how his parents gave him the guitar for his 12th birthday, in 1954.

"It cost £1 10 shillings, about £1.50 in today's money," he said.

Within a short time "a mountainous wave of American rock and roll was washing all over us".

In 1958, he went to a concert by Buddy Holly and The Crickets at a cinema in Doncaster. They ended up singing Holly's hit Peggy Sue with him and signed his guitar, because there was a pencil available, but no paper.

On his return to Mansfield he called the guitar Peggy Sue.

"From that moment, and for over 50 years since, Peggy Sue has stuck, and I love it," he said.

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