Thursday, February 24, 2011

Rare, signed Jack White guitar stolen

A rare guitar, signed by Jack White, has been stolen from an art studio in east London.

The instrument is valued at £15,000 (approx. $24,000 US).

The BBC reports Paul Biver, from Old Street, had been storing the Fender guitar in his art studio while he built a display case for it, when it was stolen.

The burglary happened overnight Wednesday; thieves also took a television and computer from the studio in Sara Lane Court, Hoxton.

The 37-year-old set designer said he had received the guitar from a friend for helping him to transform his barge.

"A friend of mine collects rock memorabilia, and had asked me to help transform his barge, but then ran out of money, so I asked if I could have the guitar as payment," he added. “That was three years ago so, obviously, it has just increased in value since then.”

“I don't normally store it in my design studio,” added Biver, “but was making a case for it, so was gutted when I realized it had been taken."

Police described the Jack White guitar as rare, and appealed for anyone with any information to come forward.

For more details, check out the BBC’s report here.

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