Rock legend Ian Gillan to auction musical kit for charity

Hannah Lovegrove, chairman of B Sharp’s board of trustees, pictured with Ian Gillan’s drum kit which will be among the items auctioned

LYME Regis youth music charity B Sharp will reap the benefits of an auction of memorabilia and musical equipment belonging to Deep Purple lead singer Ian Gillan. 

The rock legend and singer-songwriter, who used to live in Lyme Regis, became a patron of B Sharp in 2017. He was so inspired by the charity’s work in helping young people through music that he donated some of his own equipment, used on tour over the years with the bands Gillan and Deep Purple, to help raise funds for the cause.

The auction is a once in a lifetime chance to bid for items such as Ian’s drum kit, signed memorabilia, photographs, a number plate from world tours, and notably a handwritten lyric book.

Fans will get the chance to bid for an 8 track player and Deep Purple tapes, Kilberry bagpipes, a Ludwig drum kit, drum skins and signed hardware, Marshall JCM 900 1960 speakers, a signed Deep Purple poster, various tour posters and many other collectible items.

Local and international interest in the auction, which takes place over November 27 and 28, is expected to be very high. The catalogue can be viewed online in advance at

Fans can also follow the auction live via the internet on the same page on the day of the sale.  Results of the auction can be seen on the website once the sale has finished, and any unsold lots will be listed in a timed auction running until Sunday, December 2.

Hannah Lovegrove, chairman of B Sharp’s board of trustees, said: “This is really exciting for B Sharp and a fantastic opportunity for anyone who’s a fan of Ian, Deep Purple or the Gillan band.

“There are many rare and original items in the auction and all the sales will go towards helping B Sharp continue to lead the way in inspiring a new culture of music making as well as creating events and opportunities for young people in the region.”

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