CHARITY AUCTION: Mark Knopfler's guitar auctioned for Chichester gallery

Legendary musician Mark Knopfler is auctioning his guitar in aid of Chichester's Pallant House Gallery.

The former Dire Straits frontman was at the gallery on Saturday, September 12, to play a private fund-raising preview gig for his new album Get Lucky.

He is now putting his Get Lucky guitar up for auction.

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Fans have until Sunday, September 20, to outbid each other on auction site Ebay for the chance to become the lucky owner of the signature MK Fender Stratocaster guitar which was first played on Saturday.

Pallant House spokeswoman Emma Robertson said: "Knopfler was joined by Guy Fletcher, Luke Brighty and John McCusker at the charity event which was held in aid of the award-winning gallery's appeal fund.

"Home to one of the best collections of modern British art in the country, the appeal works to secure the future of the gallery in perpetuity.

"Bids opened on Sunday at 1,500 and had already reached 2,200 by the second day.

"All of the proceeds from the auction will add to the money raised by the charity concert.

"The exclusive event attracted a number of high-profile guests including representatives of rock, art and motor sport royalty, including Damon Hill and the grandfather of British pop, Sir Peter Blake. The international tour of Get Lucky kicks off at the end of September."

The Mark Knopfler Stratocaster guitar has a Hot Rod Red '57 Stratocaster ash body and vintage-tinted '62 C-shaped maple neck with rosewood fingerboard.

Other features include Fender/Gotoh vintage tuners, an American vintage tremolo system. The guitar will be signed on request.

The guitar is available to buy until Sunday, September 20

To watch and take part in the auction for Mark Knopfler's guitar click here.

For more information about Pallant House Gallery go to www.pallant.org.uk

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