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Guitar signed by McCartney, Clapton & more stars auctioned for $28.8K to aid ailing Jerry Donahue

A guitar signed by an impressive list of rock legends, including Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Pageand Pete Townshend, to raise money to help ailing folk-rock guitarist Jerry Donahue, was sold recently at a U.K. auction for 22,000 pounds, or about $28,800.

The instrument, a trademark Jerry Donahue model Telecaster, also was autographed by Robert Plant, David Gilmour, Brian Wilson, Mark Knopfler, Jeff Beck, Jeff Lynne, John Paul Jones, Tony Iommi, Al Jardine, Steve Winwood, Al Stewart, Martin Barre and others.

Luke Hobbs, an auctioneer for the Wiltshire, U.K.-based Gardiner Houlgate auction house, which hosted the sale, tells ABC Audio that while there were interested bidders from around the world, the guitar was bought by a couple "who live 3 miles down the road from us."

Donahue, a U.S. native who played with British folk-rock bands Fairport Convention and Fotheringayduring the 1970s, suffered a debilitating stroke in 2016. According to a BBC report, the 73-year-old musician is unable to use the right side of his body, and he also has difficulty speaking and with his mobility. The funds raised by the auction will be used to help with his rehabilitation.

During his career, Jerry also recorded and/or toured with such artists as Plant, Elton John, The Beach Boys, Gerry Rafferty, Gary Wright, Warren Zevon, Bonnie Raitt, Roy Orbison and The Yardbirds.

Fans also can help Donahue by donating to a Sweet Relief Fund set up in his name. Visit SweetRelief.orgfor more information.





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