“Sir Paul has expressed his gratitude to Cathy and the family”: Paul McCartney hands six-figure reward to the family that found his iconic Höfner bass in their attic

Paul McCartney (left), and his beloved Höfner bass guitar
(Image credit: Michael Ochs Archives / Stringer / Getty Images / Guncotton Guitars)

An English mother of two has been given a six-figure reward as a thank-you for reuniting Paul McCartney with his favorite Höfner bass guitar

Cathy Guest found McCartney's Höfner 500/1 bass guitar, worth an estimated £10m (approx $12.6m) in her attic earlier this year.  

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Phil Weller

A freelance writer with a penchant for music that gets weird, Phil is a regular contributor to Prog, Guitar World, and Total Guitar magazines and is especially keen on shining a light on unknown artists. Outside of the journalism realm, you can find him writing angular riffs in progressive metal band, Prognosis, in which he slings an 8-string Strandberg Boden Original, churning that low string through a variety of tunings. He's also a published author and is currently penning his debut novel which chucks fantasy, mythology and humanity into a great big melting pot.