Jimmy Page 'dispute' over sketches
Published 16/08/2010 | 16:38
Four sketches by a famous Victorian artist found tucked inside some Led Zeppelin records have been withdrawn from sale after it emerged they may belong to the band's guitarist Jimmy Page.
The pictures, by Pre-Raphaelite artist John Everett Millais, were due to be sold on Saturday at Chilcotts Auctioneers in Devon.
They were found inside records owned by Rick Hobbs, who worked for Page and the band for many years before his death in January.
Sue Cook, who cared for Hobbs before his death, put them up for auction but withdrew them after contact from the band's representatives, a spokeswoman for the auction house said.
Elizabeth Chilcott said: "The band are not accusing the man of having stolen them. It's just a dispute over ownership.
"Most things go forward and get sold but sometimes there is a dispute over ownership. But these were withdrawn because the vendor was in discussion with Led Zeppelin."
The sketches, which were made when Millais was 14, were expected to fetch around £4,000.
Mrs Cook, 46, from Somerset, said Mr Hobbs worked as Page's "right-hand man".
She told The Times: "He was his valet, PA and chauffeur because Jimmy never learned to drive. Even in his 70s, Rick would get a phone call, jump in his car and drive up to London to sort something out for him."
Page is a well-known art enthusiast. In 1972, he bought a London home designed by Victorian artist and architect William Burges.