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1962 Stratocaster – £25,000 at Tennants.

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It made 10 times the mid-estimate at Tennants’ (20% buyer’s premium) specialist instruments sale.

The iconic Stratocasters made by Leo Fender from 1953 sell at a premium compared to those produced after the Columbia Broadcasting System bought his company in 1965. This example offered at Leyburn on February 10 had the serial number 87362 dating it to 1962.

Coming with a CITES certificate necessitated by the Brazilian rosewood fretboard, the guitar was one of seven from a private collection of seven at the 120-lot auction on February 10.

It had the sort of wear to be expected to the fret and fingerboard and minor damage to the finish, but raised wide interest, including from the Middle East, before selling to a UK private buyer at £25,000 against a £2000-3000 estimate.