John Peel personal archive items including record signed by John Lennon and letter from David Bowie set for auction tomorrow
Some of the late DJ John Peel's personal archive items are set for auction tomorrow, including objects signed by huge music legends.
John Peel, whose real name was John Ravenscroft, lived in Great Finsborough near Stowmarket for much of his life. He died in 2004 from a heart attack aged 65.
He was a presenter on Top Of The Pops in the 1980s and helped launch the careers of many musicians including David Bowie, Queen and The Sex Pistols.
Tomorrow some of the DJ's records, letters and memorabilia will be offered at auction at Bonhams Knightsbridge at their Live In Session: Property From The John Peel Archive sale.
Amongst the items is a mono pressing LP called 'Two Virgins.' 1968, which has been signed by John Lennon and Yoko Ono. This is expected to reach between £15,000 and £20,000 at auction.
Another item set to feature is a handwritten letter signed by David Bowie, as well as a 7in 1988 single Love Buzz/Big Cheese from Nirvana.
The DJ’s personal gramophone, which sat on his desk at his home in Suffolk, as well as a selection of books from his library and several concert posters will also go under the hammer tomorrow.
The Ravenscroft family said: “By virtue of the role he played in it, John/Dad was in a position to have access to many of the most celebrated people and events in the history of popular music
"This is reflected in a wealth of souvenirs he collected throughout his life.
“In going through the accumulation of 40 years of pop music moments, we decided that some of the most interesting items might find a home, with fans of his programme or of the artists whose music he played.”
The auction comes a week before the 50th Glastonbury Festival where The John Peel Stage was dedicated to the late star in 2004.
Katherine Schofield, director of Bonhams Popular Culture department, said: “John Peel had an incredible impact on the new music landscape
"Without his passionate advocacy of emerging talent, generations of music lovers may never have heard the sounds of The Fall, The Undertones, The Sex Pistols, and countless others.
"This collection, offered directly by the family, comprises some of Peel’s most collectible and rare records, spanning decades in music – many of which are accompanied by letters from the artists or their management."
To register to bid, visit the Bonhams website.
The auction starts at 1pm tomorrow.