Rare guitars played by U2 front man Bono, the late Beatle George Harrison, and Tom Petty are set to go under the hammer at a charity auction.

A Gretsch prototype of Bono's Irish Falcon Model 6136 electric guitar, with a green finish and the words "The Goal is Soul" on the pickguard has a guide price of between £5,800-£7,300, according to Julien’s Auctions in LA.

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Hundreds of items from instrument manufacturer Gretsch’s archives will be up for auction for the first time, and all funds will go towards the Gretsch Foundation.

Also up for auction will be a Silvertone Danelectro guitar owned by former Beatle Harrison and his friend and collaborator Petty, which was given as a gift to Fred Gretsch, the grandson of the founder of the company, in 1987.

The instrument, a prototype of supergroup Traveling Wilburys’ Gretsch guitar line, is expected to fetch between £14,600-£29,200 at the auction, which takes place in Beverly Hills and online on March 26 to 27.

A Historic Series G3100 acoustic guitar signed by the folk singer John Prine is tipped to fetch between £511 and £658.

George Harrison

Darren Julien, president and chief executive officer of Julien's Auctions, said: "Gretsch instruments are one of the most iconic and renowned in the world and are part of American pop culture.

"We are honoured to bring to auction this historic archive of the trailblazing Gretsch family whose innovations and leadership produced these magnificent visual and sonic works of art that elevated the legends who played them."