Cancer Research U.K. is offering the public the opportunity to make pre event bids on five stunning lots which will go under the hammer at its exclusive invite only Sound & Vision Guitar Auction on 22 September 2011.

The lots are now open. To bid for the lots, simply email your maximum bid to by 5pm on 21st September 2011. The bids will be fed into the bidding on the night of the event (22 September) so the higher the bid, the better the chance of winning.  Successful bidders will be informed after the event.

Items include an acoustic guitar donated by Free and Bad Company lead-man Paul Rodgers. The lot includes two tickets to see him at one of his UK shows where you’ll meet him after the show and have the guitar signed. Bids start at £1,500.

Then there’s an hour's guitar lesson with talented singer/songwriter Newton Faulkner. The winning bidder will meet Newton and have an intensive guitar lesson, a must for budding musicians. Bids start at £300.

How about a personally designed and carved Gibson SG guitar by well-known sculptor and wood carver Doug Rowell? The Gibson Foundation has donated the guitar and Doug will work with the winning bidder to create a design of their choosing and then carve the winner’s design into the guitar. Bids start at £1,000.

There’s also a very special painted Gibson SG guitar from surreal artist Rick Garcia. The Gibson Foundation has donated this Gibson SG which has been designed and painted by Rick, taking inspiration from this year’s 50th Anniversary of the Gibson SG’s. The guitar is currently a work in progress and will be finished and strung by the end of the auction. Bids start at £1,000.

The invite-only ‘Sound & Vision Guitar Auction’ is being held at the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars London’s showroom in Berkeley Square from 6:30pm on Thursday 22nd September 2011 and will also feature a live music performance. The event is taking place ahead of next year’s seventh annual ‘Sound & Vision’ music heritage event in March.

Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading charity dedicated to research into beating cancer. It is entirely funded by the public so events like Sound & Vision’s Guitar Auction are essential in helping to fund its life saving work.

The Guitar Auction is kindly supported by event partners Rolls-Royce Motor Cars London, David Arnold, Gibson Foundation, Champagne G.H. Mumm, Christie’s, Absolute Taste and Drive Productions.

For further information about Cancer Research UK's work or to find out how to support the charity, visit