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Sir Paul McCartney at The Great Ormond Street Hospital

07.22.2008

Sir Paul McCartney at The Great Ormond Street Hospital

Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney paid a surprise visit to the Great Ormond Street Christmas party in recognition of the great work by the hospital and its staff. Sir Paul spent several hours with the children and their parents who were there to enjoy the festivities.

Sir Paul McCartney’s personally signed 10 foot Gibson Les Paul replica guitar raised a massive 60,000 pounds ($120,000) when it was auctioned off last November as part of the Gibson GuitarTown London charity auction. The guitar titled “And The Crowd Goes Wild” was designed and hand painted by the visual artist Rosie Brooks and generously donated to the Great Ormond Street Hospital by the American based businessman Ari Goldberger. Mr.Goldberger and his family attended the Christmas party in London to meet with Sir Paul and personally donate the guitar to the hospital.

Sir Paul is pictured with customized Gibson Les Paul Standard guitar once again hand painted by Rosie Brooks and signed by Sir Paul in recognition of Mr. Goldberger’s donation. This Les Paul guitar formed part of the initial lot when it went under the hammer at the charity Auction event at The IndigO2 club in London’s The O2. A total of 200,000 pounds ($400,000) was raised on the night from the sale of 60 individual hand painted and signed Gibson guitars by many of The UK’s best known musicians and bands such as Ronnie Wood, Paul Weller, Noel Gallagher, Rod Stewart, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, Gary Moore, Mark Knopfler, Slash, Brian May, Ozzy Osbourne, Kaiser Chiefs, New Order, Kasabian, KT Tunstall, Depeche Mode, James Blunt and Roger Waters to name a few. The three benefiting charities were The Princes Trust, Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy and Teenage Cancer Trust.

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