Tosh family stalls sale

KINGSTON - Organisers of a film festival in Jamaica have shelved plans to auction a guitar shaped like a M-16 rifle that was once owned by reggae legend Peter Tosh, one of the founders of the Wailers, after his sons protested about the sale.

KINGSTON - Organisers of a film festival in Jamaica have shelved plans to auction a guitar shaped like a M-16 rifle that was once owned by reggae legend Peter Tosh, one of the founders of the Wailers, after his sons protested about the sale.

Bidding for the guitar, which Tosh once said he used to "scare all vampires," was scheduled for last Sunday.

Allison Young, a publicist for the Flashpoint Film Festival, confirmed that the weeklong auction was postponed.

She said two of Tosh's sons, who live in the US, contacted the organisers.

"The family is trying to resolve who really owns the guitar, the estate or his girlfriend," she said.

Tosh was killed at the age of 42 by robbers who broke in to his home in 1987.

Marlene Brown, Tosh's former girlfriend, put the guitar up for auction last month.

She said Tosh gave her the Fender Stratocaster as a gift.

But the Rastafarian's sons objected to the sale, saying it belonged to the Peter Tosh Foundation.

Brown's family had the guitar stored in the US for 19 years.

No telephone numbers were available for his sons.

Young said the proceeds from the guitar sale were to benefit a home for children suffering from HIV-Aids. The festival is scheduled for this weekend .

Copeland Forbes, Tosh's former manager, said the guitar was given to Tosh by a fan in Los Angeles in 1983. - Sapa-AP

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