Eastbourne man and the autographs of guitar legends

The autograph of Jimmy Page, of Led Zeppelin, is among the lots
The autograph of Jimmy Page, of Led Zeppelin, is among the lots

The autographs of rock guitar legends are coming up for auction – thanks to the brainchild of an Eastbourne man.

Paul Brett is the founder of StarCards, a charity auction website raising money for the Great Ormond Street Hospital for children.

Paul, a BT project manager, said, “This has to be one of the most amazing sets of signed playing cards we’ve ever offered in an auction. Some of the greatest legends in modern rock history have signed playing cards for us.

“The cards will make a perfect Christmas present for anyone who thinks real rock ’n’ roll starts and ends with the likes of Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Queen.”

As well as Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page, Pink Floyd’s Dave Gilmour and Queen’s Brian May, the auction offers cards signed by other rock guitar icons, as well as later additions to the music scene.

Among them are Mark Knopfler, Status Quo’s Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt, Gary Moore and Neil Murray.

The auction will be held at www.starcards.org starting at 10pm on Wednesday, November 25, and finishing 10 days later on Saturday, December 5.

All funds raised will be donated to Great Ormond Street Hospital for children. The StarCards auctions have already raised more than £100,000 for the hospital.

Established in 2002 and supported by five British Prime Ministers and one American President, StarCards is a not for profit team who raise funds by auctioning playing cards signed by celebrities.

Great Ormond Street Hospital is one of the world’s leading children’s hospitals with the broadest range of dedicated, children’s healthcare specialists under one roof in the UK.

The hospital’s pioneering research and treatment gives hope to children who are suffering from the rarest, most complex and often life-threatening conditions, from across the country and abroad. Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity needs to raise vital funds to help rebuild and refurbish Great Ormond Street Hospital, provide vital up-to-date equipment and fund research into better treatments for the children.

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