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HOLY GRAILS

The 1959 Gibson Les Paul known as ‘Spot’ that was previously owned by Joe Bonamassa
PHOTOGRAPHY ELEANOR JANE

It begins in late November on a rainy morning in Paris. The previous day had almost been a write-off – fog-induced flight cancellations in London and then an extended spell in rush-hour traffic on the southbound autoroute from Charles de Gaulle didn’t exactly provide a picture-postcard welcome to one of Europe’s most alluring cities.

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