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Celebrities 'solo' artistically on giant Stratocasters for charity

November 12, 2002|From Associated Press

CLEVELAND — Giant guitars designed by Yoko Ono, Keith Richards and Drew Carey took center stage at a charity auction at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Ten-foot-tall replicas of Fender Stratocasters had spent the summer on display throughout the city.

The 90 guitars fetched about $800,000 Saturday night at an auction to benefit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the United Way and the Make-A-Wish Foundation, organizers said.

Each bidder paid $75 or $150 to attend the catered gala at the rock hall.

George Simon, a restaurant owner and lawyer, spent $105,000 for a guitar painted by Ono.

One guitar bearing the likeness of the Who's Pete Townshend went for $30,000.

Another, painted by musician Graham Nash, sold for $25,000.

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