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Thirty-one Scottish celebrities from tennis hero Sir Andy Murray to Hollywood actor Ewan McGregor have signed a Saltire-designed guitar which will go under the hammer during Signature.

The guitar, which also has the signatures of Aberdeen and Manchester United supremo Sir Alex Ferguson, singer Emeli Sande, cycling legend Sir Chris Hoy, Dr Who actor David Tennant and comedian Billy Connolly, has a minimum starting bid of £20,000.

However, it is hoped that the opportunity to own such a unique piece of memorabilia will generate many more funds for Signature’s adopted charity, Friends of the Neonatal Unit – the neonatal unit at Aberdeen Maternity Hospital.

Proceeds from the lot – one of dozens of incredible items and experiences to feature in the online auction – will be split with Friendly Access Scotland, which provides surfing adventures for children affected by autism, cancer and lifelong disabilities. The charity’s founder, Glyn Morris, has spent the past six years persuading celebrities to add their autographs to the instrument.

A musical instrument also forms another of the star lots in the auction. A piano dubbed The Lawman Piano - painted in tribute to Denis Law being granted the Freedom of Aberdeen and signed by the former footballer – has a starting bid of £3,000.

Other lots include original paintings from artists John Byrne, Iain Faulkner and Alexander Miller, restaurant experiences, luxury hotel stays, and designer handbags.

The online auction is open now and bidders do not have to be attending Signature in order to place a bid.

 

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Signature - supporting local charities

For the second year running, Friends of the Neonatal Unit has been chosen as the beneficiary of The Chester Hotel’s fine dining food event. The charity of Aberdeen Maternity Hospital’s Neo-Natal Unit for premature and sick babies helps hundreds of families through difficult times and fundraising is at the heart of what it does.

Signature - supporting local charities