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.

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.