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Damien Hirst guitar helps raise £307,000 for Stand Up To Cancer

Damien Hirst guitar helps raise £307,000 for Stand Up To Cancer

An auction of collectable items from the art and music worlds has raised £307,000 for Stand Up To Cancer.

The Damien Hirst Butterfly guitar, a Gibson Les Paul Goddess, customised and signed by the artist especially for the event was the highest selling item, raising £25,000. Other items include David Bowie artwork, and a painting of Mick Jagger by Ronnie Wood.

The auction was part of Sound & Vision, a night of art and music hosted at Abbey Road Studios, which also saw live performances from acts including Anastacia, The Real Thing and Odyssey.

Stand up to cancer sound & vision

Anastacia said:

“Performing at Sound & Vision was an amazing experience. It was an honour to be in a room full of people who share my ambition to raise money for research into cancer–- a cause very close to my heart. After beating cancer twice I’m determined to do as much as I can to Stand Up To Cancer and make sure more people survive this awful disease.”

Since its 2012 launch the joint campaign between and Channel 4 has raised more than £38m, supporting more than 30 clinical trials and projects. This year’s Stand Up To Cancer live event, which took place on 21st October, raised over £15m.

Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via

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