Former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman is starting to downsize his archives by auctioning off some of his instruments, awards, concert posters, costumes, photos and correspondence.
Wyman says, “Collecting and archiving has been one of the great pleasures of my life and will undoubtedly be one of my legacies. It feels like the right time to share my archive with the world. I hope people will get as much joy from my collections as I have.”
And, he says the money raised will be put to good use. “It is easier to let these items go knowing that a portion of the proceeds from this sale will support three causes that are close to my heart: The Prince’s Trust, Macmillan Cancer Support and CCMI (Central Caribbean Marine Institute) who are at the forefront of restoring the health of the world’s reefs and oceans.”
Wyman has signed on with Julien’s Auctionsin Beverly Hills to handle the sale, which will take place from May 29th to the 31st.
Free public exhibitions will be held at the Newbridge Silverware Visitor’s Centre in Kildare, Ireland from March 10th to April 20th; the Hard Rock New York from May 4th to the 10th; and the Julien’s showroom in Beverly Hills from May 18th to the 28th.
Among the items going up for bids are:
- 1962 Vox AC30 amplifier. Legend has it that this was the amp that convinced Keith Richards to invite Wyman into the band. It’s estimated to sell for between $80,000 and $100,000.
- 1969 Fender Mustang bass that Leo Fender designed before he left the company. Wyman used it in concert and on recordings between 1969 and 1970. It’s expected to go for between $300,000 and $500,000.
- 1968 Les Paul that Brian Jones used in the filming of The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus; no estimate was immediately available.