Monday, September 14, 2020

Rolling Stones memorabilia sets records at auction

Property from Bill Wyman and his Rolling Stones Archive set records at an auction in Beverly Hills, CA this past weekend.

Hosted by Julien’s Auctions, the three-day event saw the rocker offer up more than 1,000 lots for sale, including instruments, stage-worn ensembles, awards, personal items and artifacts collected during his three-decade career as a founding member and bassist of the iconic UK band.

A 1969 Fender Mustang Bass with a Competition Orange finish designed by Leo Fender that Wyman used on stage and in the studio in 1969 and 1970 set a new world record for the most expensive bass guitar sold at auction when it sold for $384,000, while the bassist’s 1962 VOX AC30 Normal model amplifier set a new world record for most expensive amplifier at auction when it went for $106,250.

An unexpected world record may have also been set in the sale of an acrylic plush yellow toilet seat cover printed with the Rolling Stones’ iconic tongue logo design, which sold for $1,152, making it the most expensive toilet seat cover ever sold at auction.

The event’s top-selling item was a 1968 Gibson Les Paul Standard Model Gold Top guitar and case used by Brian Jones in The Rolling Stones "Rock And Roll Circus" concert show and film in December 1968 and on other recordings, which sold for $704,000, three and a half times its estimate of $200,000.

A portion of the proceeds of the auction will benefit The Prince’s Trust, Macmillan Cancer Support and CCMI (Central Caribbean Marine Institute).

The Rolling Stones formed in London in the spring of 1962; Wyman joined the band before the year was out and, with the early 1963 addition of drummer Charlie Watts, the first stable lineup went on to begin releasing singles a few months later and their self-titled debut album in 1964.

Wyman’s last studio record was 1989’s “Steel Wheels”, after which he completed a tour in support of the project before announcing his departure from the group in 1993.

The musician has continued to release solo records and other projects through the years; he issued “Back To Basics” under his own name in 2015, and “Studio Time” under the Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings banner in 2018.
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