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Robert Plant-backed charity mandolin sale tops £2,000

Robert Plant playing the stained glass mandolin
Image caption Robert Plant became involved in the charity project after watching The Stained Glass Mandolin

A stained glass electric mandolin signed by musician Robert Plant has been auctioned for £2,250.

The instrument, which lights up when being played, was sold in an online auction to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Shropshire filmmaker Andrew Bullas put together a documentary about the creation of the unusual instrument.

Photos of the Led Zeppelin star signing the instrument were included in the lot.

Image caption The highest bid paid £1,800 for the mandolin and 25% commission fees

Mr Bullas, from Alveley, travelled to Orkney to watch local craftsman Dick Levens making the instrument. He produced a film called The Stained Glass Mandolin which attracted the attention of Worcestershire-based Plant.

The mandolin, made from ash and maple wood and painted glass panels, took two years to complete.

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