Pete Townshend's Gibson SG guitar auctions for $63,500

A red Gibson SG played by Who guitarist Pete Townshend during the early 1970s sold for £37,500 ($63,717) in Bonhams entertainment memorabilia auction on June 25.

The guitar is one of very few from the incendiary early years of the Who to have survived. Townshend writes in a letter accompanying the lot "it must be one of the few passing through my hands, which has survived without getting smashed..."

Gibson SG Townsend
Pete Townshend played the Gibson SG extensively throughout the 1970s

"I used it at home as my principle guitar of this type for use on my demo one of my 'special' guitars."

It last sold in a Christie's memorabilia auction in 2008, achieving $32,450. That equates to growth of 2.4% pa over the past six years.

An archive of five letters from Ringo Starr to a friend made £16,250 ($27,610).

They date from 1961-1962 and are addressed to Doreen Walker, who met Starr at a Butlins holiday camp while he was holding down a residency with the house band.

One segment reads (sic): "...I got a phone call asking me would I join the Beatles and i said yes and I left Rory.

"I am doing very well with the new group we have a record out I hope you have herd [sic] it it is on Luxembury every night (also don't forget to buy it).."

We have this autographed photo of Ringo Starr available.

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