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Ukuleles used by comedy legend George Formby sell for thousands

Formby fan Anthony Mason with the Dallas D banjo-ukulele which he bought at Hansons auction house in Derbyshire Photo: Hansons

Two iconic ukuleles used by comedy legend George Formby have sold for thousands of pounds at auction.

The Keech ukulele was used by Formby in 1935 film No Limit, and the Dallas model D ukulele-banjo was used on stage by the star.

The instruments, part of a large private collection of Formby memorabilia gathered by the late George Johnson, went under the hammer at Derbyshire’s auctioneers today.

The Keech sold for a hammer price of £8,400.

The Dallas D ukulele-banjo sold for £10,000 to Anthony Mason, 61, a painter and decorator and bar owner from Salford.

He said:

“I would have paid more. I’ve liked George Formby for years, since I was a boy. I even visit his grave in Warrington cemetery. I knew the ukulele was up for sale after seeing it on telly and just wanted it.

“We own Mason’s Café Bar in Boothstown, Worsley, Manchester, and we’ll probably have a Formby night to celebrate.”

– Anthony Mason

To watch the ITV Granada Reports piece we filmed on the ukulele's, click here: George's "Ukes" to go under the hammer

Claire Howell, music valuer and auctioneer at Hansons, said: “I’m delighted for both buyers. These are incredible instruments to own with a rich provenance and pedigree.''