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A guitar signed by Paul McCartney and Idris Elba gets auctioned

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A Cort acoustic guitar, signed by Paul McCartney and Idris Elba, was sold for £10,500. The auction ran from December 19, 2020 – shortly after the broadcast of the interview of McCartney by Elba – to January 1st, 2021.

From Dawsons Auctioneers, December 19, 2020:

We’re delighted to be auctioning this very special guitar signed by Sir Paul McCartney and Idris Elba raising money for S.T.O.R.M Charity for domestic abuse victims. Bidding is now open and ends on New Years Day.

Domestic abuse has seen a significant increase over lockdown, and the funds raised will immediately aid those in need during this holiday season. The charity will receive 100% of the proceeds.

This is a rare opportunity to bid on a unique piece of musical history. Music legend Sir Paul McCartney was interviewed by Golden Globe-winning actor Idris Elba on BBC1 on Saturday 19th December 2020, during the interview Idris played this very guitar with Paul and they both signed it after the show.

Paul has signed the guitar ‘Hey Idris! Cheers Thanks, Paul McCartney 2020’.

Idris has signed the guitar ‘Wow!! Keep Safe!! Idris Elba’.

Bidding ends on New Years Day at 7pm – don’t miss out on this chance to own a unique piece of musical history.

The guitar is being sold in aid of the charity S.T.O.R.M. which provides support and shelter to those suffering from domestic abuse. Domestic abuse has seen a significant increase over lockdown, and the funds raised will immediately aid those in need during this holiday season. The charity will receive 100% of the proceeds. […]

From stormempowerment.com:

S.T.O.R.M is the brainchild of CEO Marie Hanson. Before S.T.O.R.M began, Marie ran a successful make-up company. Her personal life, however, was a different story. As a victim of domestic violence, a pregnant Marie had to make the difficult decision to flee her home, taking her five young children with her. Friends struggled to help such a large family, so Marie and her children were forced to find a place in a refuge. Unfortunately, Marie’s problems weren’t finished yet. After her eldest daughter revealed that she had been abused by Marie’s ex-partner, Marie and her daughter had to find the strength to go through a long court case, resulting in Marie’s ex-partner receiving a prison sentence of 10 years.

In the following few years, Marie continued with her successful career and in 2004, she was offered a position as a Director of a well-known make-up company based in the USA; a life changing opportunity. Despite this fantastic chance to build a new life for herself and her children, Marie had long been considering how she could help other women in her situation. She decided to forego the opportunity to move to the USA and instead commit herself to helping the many other abused women in her community, and so S.T.O.R.M was born.

Still image from the interview of Paul McCartney by Idris Elba in December 2020, showing Paul playing the auctioned guitar.

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