The Bids Are Alright: Townsend guitar sells for £32,450 at auction

A 1967 Gibson SG owned by Pete Townsend has sold at auction for £32,450.

A 1967 Gibson SG owned by Pete Townsend has sold at auction for £32,450.

The Cherry Red Special – used by The Who legend from the early seventies to the early eighties – was one of a number of iconic music-related items that were up for auction at Christie's in London in aid of the Alliance For Sustainability.

A private collector paid over four times the expected amount for the drumskins used on the cover of the Beatles' 1967 Sgt Pepper album – it went for a whopping £541,250!

Another Townsend guitar – this time a classical acoustic he used to record The Who's Behind Blue Eyes – went for £13,750, while an amp once owned by Jimi Hendrix fetched £25,000. A pair of Jimi's old striped flairs also made £20,000.