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NOW AVAILABLE: The Legends Series – ‘Mark Knopfler’ 1937 National O Replica Mini Guitar

November 28, 2022

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We are proud to announce that The Legends Series #2 replica mini guitar is now available to purchase. This time it is Mark’s iconic National O Resonator that is being commemorated with an exquisite, handcrafted collectible and box set, available exclusively through MarkKnopfler.com. This stunning set includes:

  • The limited-edition, handcrafted 1:4 scale replica National O Resonator guitar, nestled in an embroidered guitar case.
  • 32GB ‘Mark Knopfler’ engraved USB key, which includes a rare selection of Mark’s favourite recordings.
  • Frameable 3D Mark Knopfler 8″x10″ print.
  • Mark Knopfler Lanyard.
  • Mark Knopfler Laminate.
  • Mark Knopfler Retro Pin.
  • Mini Guitar Display Stand.

To celebrate the release of this highly anticipated collectible we are offering the National O Resonator replica mini guitar and digital box set at a very special introductory price – enjoy 25% OFF but only for a limited time and while supplies last.


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But that’s not all – we are excited to offer Mark Knopfler fans and guitar enthusiasts around the world the chance to purchase both the original Legends Series #1, ‘Mark Knopfler’ 1958 Les Paul replica mini guitar, and the just released Legends Series #2, ‘Mark Knopfler’ National O replica mini guitar, as a bundle at our lowest price ever. Again, only for a limited time and while supplies last. For more information or to purchase, visit the MarkKnopfler.com Store.

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Support Bravehearts and Win a Dire Straits Platinum Disc

October 18, 2022

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Mark Knopfler is a patron of Bravehearts of the North East (UK), which is a not-for-profit charity recognising the bravery of children in the area who have shown incredible courage battling to overcome illness, handicap, or other adversities.

Held annually, the Bravehearts Awards are a special event where friends, family, and healthcare workers gather to celebrate the nominees, who are presented with an amazing gift alongside the cherished Crystal Book award.

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To help raise funds for the next Bravehearts Awards ceremony, Mark has signed and donated the original platinum disc presented to him in the late 80s for sales of Dire Straits’ compilation album, Money For Nothing; as well as a signed copy of the 2022 remastered vinyl release of the album.

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Entries to the prize draw for the platinum disc are open to residents of Great Britain only until 31st October, and the winner will be drawn at random. 

International donations are welcomed, and entrants outside of Great Britain will be in the draw for a chance to win a copy of Money For Nothing on vinyl, signed by Mark Knopfler. 

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Local Hero – Now on at Chichester Festival Theatre (UK)

October 17, 2022

The run of Local Hero at the Chichester Festival Theatre (UK) officially opens with this evening’s press night, and regular performances until 19th November. The production features music and lyrics by Mark, book by David Greig, and is directed by Daniel Evans.

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Accompany your evening at the theatre with a gin and tonic or special house cocktail from the bar, made with Mark’s Local Heroes No. 3 gin.

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Best ticket availability is towards the end of the run but keep checking the CFT website and with Box Office for any last minute returns. 

Info and tickets here: https://www.cft.org.uk/whats-on/event/local-hero

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October 16, 2022

Gibson Guitars for Peace

Gibson luthiers have crafted a limited edition run of Guitars For Peace Les Paul Custom electric guitars, which proudly display the unforgettable Azure Blue and Gold colours of the Ukrainian Flag. Gibson partnered with artists to perform with the Ukraine guitars on stage on tour this summer. Autograph books traveling alongside each guitar have been autographed by Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Slash, Fher Olvera of Maná, Nile Rogers of Chic, Mark Knopfler, Lzzy Hale, Margo Price, Alex Lifeson, Blossoms, The Fratellis, Kasabian, Madness, Maisie Peters, Paloma Faith, The Charlatans, The Vaccines, Toyah, My Chemical Romance, and actor Jason Momoa, among others.

The guitars will be auctioned by Julien’s Auctions. Bidding will conclude with the live auction on Friday, November 11, Saturday, November 12, and Sunday, November 13, online via www.JuliensLive.com and in-person at the Hard Rock New York.

Registration is required to bid in this auction and can be done in person or online before the sale via the registration page to bid by phone (310) 836-1818, proxy, or in person, or online. For inquiries, please email [email protected] or call 310-836-1818.

100% of the funds from the auction of the Gibson Guitars For Peace Ukraine Relief guitars will go to the current humanitarian need for the people of Ukraine, as well as rebuilding efforts once the conflict ends. In addition to the guitars, Gibson has launched the Guitars For Peace T-Shirt to allow everyone across the globe to show their support for Ukraine in an affordable way.

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The Studio Albums 2009-2018 – 9LP Out Now

October 7, 2022

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Mark Knopfler – The Studio Albums 2009-2018 is out now, containing Mark’s solo albums: Get LuckyPrivateeringTracker, and Down The Road Whereverplus a bonus album of B-Sides, which includes two unreleased tracks: Back In The Day, and Precious Voice From Heaven.

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Available now as a 9LP collection housed in a solid slipcase, all discs are pressed on 180g black vinyl and come alongside 5 embossed art prints of the covers. 

The 6CD edition is housed in a clamshell-style box, with lyric inserts and album art cards, and will be delivered at a later date (to be advised) – available to pre-order now.

Stream Now

A previously unreleased track called Precious Voice From Heaven, is now available to stream. Listen to the full box set bonus album, Back In The Day.

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Inside The Album

Learn more about each of the albums included in The Studio Albums – 2009-2018.

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