Sotheby’s London | Rock & Pop exhibition and sale
From R&B, Rock & Roll, 70’s pop, to Gangsta Rap. Sotheby’s swings opens the doors on their Rock & Pop exhibition and sale. Featuring over 100 rare items straight from the hands of music royalty
Over 100 rare objects relating to the most influential musicians and the most celebrated moments of modern music fill the galleries of Sotheby’s London. Items from the likes of Bob Dylan, Hendrix, Clapton, ABBA, the Beatles, and TuPac. From the 1962 contract that cemented the Beatles relationship with Brian Epstein (Est. at £300,000-£500,000) , a never seen before draft of Bob Dylan’s ‘A Hard Days Rain’ (Est. at £150,000-£200,000), to even the very piano featured and played on virtually all of ABBA’s recordings including ‘Money, Money, Money’ ‘Dancing Queen’ and ‘Mamma Mia’ (Est. at £600,000-£800,000). Some straight from the hand’s that played them, other’s never been shown to the public before.
Legendary bassist Jack Bruce of Cream is responsible for 35 lots including the guitar he said he loved above everything else; The Warwick Thumb Bass (Est. at auction between £80,000- £100,000) , 18 costumes worn by himself and Clapton, eight guitars, handwritten lyrics, and musical manuscripts. All part of the collection Bruce handpicked for Sotheby’s before his death last year.
Other items include Eric Clapton’s custom made ‘Daphne Blue 1′ Fender Stratocaster , a steal at it’s estimated £15,000, and more obscure lots such as handwritten lyrics from Tupac Shakur, a shirt worn by George Harrison, John Lennon’s cassette player and keyboard, numerous signed albums and lyrics, highly collectable photographs from Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones and Springsteen. To even sketches and doodles from Lennon and Hendrix and a 58 piece collection of every record cover featuring the artwork of Andy Warhol.
But it’s not only the Rock & Pop auction that’s has Sotheby’s turning the volume up. The auction house is celebrating 50 years of Rock, Pop and Britannia from the ground floor up! 2 more auctions join the Rock & Pop sale next week, including ‘Pop’ taken care of courtesy of Sotheby’ annual Prints & Multiples sale which this year predominately feature a grand scale of unique Warhol’s. Followed by the vinyl lined stairwell to the top floor for a heavy dose of Brit Rock with Sotheby’s Made in Britain sale. Lots include numerous Banksy’s, Tracey Emin, Damian Hirst and some of the most famous rock shots taken in history from photography icons such as Terry O’Neill, Gered Mankowitz and Rankin. Even Francis Bacon manages to somehow sneak his way in… in what’s sure to strike a chord not only with passionate music collectors, pop art lovers, and die hard fans but also new time art buyers with pieces starting as low as £200.00!!! There’s something for the rocker in all of us!
Sotheby’s Rock & Pop | Prints & Multiples | Made in Britain
Free | Open to the Public September 25th-September 28th
9am – 4:30 pm 35-35 new bond street
Words by Tracy Kawalik
Photos by Tracy Kawalik | Signed Lyrics and Contract Courtesy of Sotheby’s London