Exclusive Damien Hirst guitar to be auctioned for Cancer Research UK

The butterfly emblazoned guitar will form part of the charity’s annual music heritage event ‘Sound & Vision’ at Abbey Road Studios.

‘Butterfly Gift Guitar for Cancer Research UK’ (2013)

Photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2013

12 February 2013

Sound & Vision at Abbey Road Studios, which has raised over £1.5 million for Cancer Research UK since 2006, celebrates our musical heritage through the auction of a collection of stunning photography, artwork, memorabilia and money-can’t-buy experiences. This year's live and silent auctions will be held at London's most iconic recording studio, Abbey Road, (date to be confirmed) and includes an exclusive Damien Hirst artwork. The purple Gibson Les Paul Goddess Electric guitar has been specifically customised by the artist with the design of one of his most iconic series: the butterfly monochrome paintings.

The guitar will be auctioned live at the intimate event, hosted by BBC Radio 2 DJ ‘Whispering’ Bob Harris OBE and Al Murray, to raise funds for Cancer Research UK’s vital work to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured. Bob Harris OBE, patron of Sound & Vision alongside the ‘fifth Beatle’ Sir George Martin, and cancer survivor, said: “I’m very proud to be a patron of Sound & Vision. It’s truly inspiring to see the music and photography industry come together to help raise money for Cancer Research UK’s pioneering work. It’s such an important cause, and one that I unfortunately know about all too well, having survived prostate cancer myself. That’s why I’m well and truly behind Sound & Vision again this year and hope we can raise even more money to help the charity beat this terrible disease.”
For ticket enquiries, please call 020 3469 5045 or email soundandvision@cancer.org.uk