Bill Wyman, low-end theorist for classic rockers The Rolling Stones, has announced an auction of mega proportions this May.
The Property From Bill Wyman and His Rolling Stones Archive auction will take place in Beverly Hills across May 29-31 via Julien's Auctions, giving fans and collectors the chance to get their hands on some pretty special pieces of memorabilia. There's a whole gamut of guitars, basses, amps, items, artifacts and clothes up for grabs from both Wyman's solo career and with the Stones, with the proceeds from the auction going to a number of cancer and climate change charities.
Notable items include a 1969 Fender Mustang Bass in Competition Orange played by Wyman around the Let It Bleed era, as well as a 1962 Vox AC30 'Normal' amp used by Wyman to audition for the Stones. There's also a custom made 1978 Travis Bean short-scale bass, a 1974 Dan Armstrong prototype bass played on the band's 1975 tour, a Framus Star Bass played on the band's 1963-65 tour and a 1968 Gibson Les Paul Gold Top played by Brian Jones on the band's Rock and Roll Circus Performance.
Wyman lamented the selling of the historic items in a statement released today, saying that “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. 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.”
Check out all listings from the May sale via Julien's Auctions.