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Rolling Stones legend Bill Wyman to auction items of musical history from his renowned archive




Former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman is auctioning more than 1,000 items from his renowned archive.

The legendary musician, who lives at Gedding Hall, says it is the ‘right time’ to share his archive with the world with a portion of the proceeds set to benefit three causes close to his heart – The Prince’s Trust, Macmillan Cancer Support and the Central Caribbean Marine Institute.

The auction includes instruments, stage-worn ensembles, awards, personal items and artefacts collected during his three-decade Rolling Stones career and as a solo artist.

A press handout, ‘Something to Smile About’, from April 1964 with Rolling Stones founders Brian Jones, Charlie Watts, Keith Richards, Bill Wyman and Mick Jagger
A press handout, ‘Something to Smile About’, from April 1964 with Rolling Stones founders Brian Jones, Charlie Watts, Keith Richards, Bill Wyman and Mick Jagger

It also features never before seen archival material, equipment, ephemera, merchandising, promotional materials, production artwork, photographs, correspondence, concert posters, records and other memorabilia.

Bill said: “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.

1968 Gibson Les Paul Standard Model Gold Top which was used by Brian Jones in the Rolling Stones’ Rock and Roll Circus December 1969 and on recordings
1968 Gibson Les Paul Standard Model Gold Top which was used by Brian Jones in the Rolling Stones’ Rock and Roll Circus December 1969 and on recordings

“I hope people will get as much joy from my collections as I have.”

One of the most significant pieces from Rolling Stones history to be offered is his 1962 VOX AC30 ‘Normal’ model amplifier, which is one of the reasons he was asked to join the band.

There is also Wyman’s gold and black satin two-piece stage ensemble worn in the 1970s from famed London boutique Mr. Freedom.

Auction house Julien’s Auctions will host Property From Bill Wyman and his Rolling Stones Archive, courtesy of Ripple Productions Ltd, from September 11 to 13 live in Beverly Hills and online at juliensauctions.com

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