J. P. King Auctions Autographed Guitar for St. Jude

FRANKLIN, TENN. — At the July 7 auction for country music legend George Jones' estate in Franklin, Tenn., J. P. King Auction Company also auctioned a Fender guitar autographed by George Jones himself. The money raised for the guitar, which brought $2,500, was donated to St. Jude Children's Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. 

"It's so easy to take for granted the wealth that we've incurred throughout our careers, so we always like to take every opportunity we can to give back," said Craig King, president and CEO of J. P. King Auction Company. "We use items like this at many of our auctions to not only give to, in our opinion, one of the nation's most deserving causes, but also to get our guests and bidders accustomed to the pace of the auction they're about to experience. We were so thrilled to see Mr. Jones' guitar bring $2,500 for the children at St. Jude's."

Larry Deskins, who played fiddle for George Jones' band several years ago, was a bidder at the auction on Saturday and the successful bidder of the guitar, after a round of bidding that, though starting slow, finished competitively between Mr. Deskins and another bidder. 

"I thought I won it at $700, when the bidding slowed down for a minute" Deskins said. "So once the bidding heated up, I had it in my head the guitar was mine, and I had to keep going, no matter what it took. The bidding was fun. It's a great piece to own, and it's even better knowing the money goes to St. Jude."

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