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Arts / Guitar collection of late Ian Bairnson to go up for auction

Gardiner Houlgate auctioneer Luke Hobbs with the Les Paul which was used on Kate Bush's Wuthering Heights. Photo: Gardiner Houlgate

A COLLECTION of guitars owned by the late musician Iain Bairnson – who was raised in Shetland – is going up for auction.

It includes the guitar which he used for the solo on Kate Bush’s Wuthering Heights, which is expected to fetch up to £10,000.

The auction is taking place in Wiltshire next month.

Ian Bairnson passed away last year and his collection of instruments is being auctioned by his family.

Tributes to ‘genius’ Shetland guitarist who worked with Kate Bush

The collection includes 12 guitars and equipment.

In addition to working with Kate Bush, Bairnson was the guitarist with 1970s British pop band Pilot.

He also played with the Alan Parsons Project, featuring on a number of their hits including Eye In The Sky.

A session musician originally, Bairnson worked on albums by performers such as Joe Cocker and Mick Fleetwood and toured with Sting, Eric Clapton and Beverley Craven.

Gardiner Houlgate auctioneer Luke Hobbs said: “Ian Bairnson was a musician’s musician and his guitar used on Wuthering Heights is a very relevant to today’s market, considering the enduring appeal of Kate Bush.

“We’re selling his collection of 12 guitars, amps and equipment, which I think could fetch up to £30,000 in total.”

The auction will take place at Gardiner Houlgate in Wiltshire on Wednesday 11 June.

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