Thursday 17 April 2014

Heads are gonna roll: Stones take centre stage at rock auction

WhyteÕs employee Sarah Gates with sculptures of Rolling StonesÕ guitarists Ronnie Wood (right) and Keith Richards at WhyteÕs Auction House, Dublin, which will be sold as part of the Pop and Rock sale. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday December 27, 2013. See PA story SALE Pop Ireland. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Whyte's employee Sarah Gates with sculptures of Rolling Stones guitarists Ronnie Wood (right) and Keith Richards Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

LIFE-size statues of Elvis and Johnny Rotten are among unusual lots on offer at an auction of rock and pop memorabilia.

A mounted caricature of Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger and busts of his bandmates Ronnie Wood and Keith Richards, as well as rock legend Jimi Hendrix are also going under the hammer.

Auctioneer Ian Whyte said the download generation will be among the potential bidders for the lots, which include signed guitars, framed gold records and hundreds of posters and photographs of stars, including the late Lou Reed.

"We are finding out a lot of younger people are buying memorabilia because they download music and have nothing physical to show, like an LP cover," he said.

"They like this sort of stuff so they can hang it on their wall while listening to their download."

The resin bronze Elvis sculpture is expected to fetch up to €10,000 -- despite once being valued at twice as much.

There is believed to be just one other in the world, in the Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas.

The colourful statue of Rotten -- complete with safety pins, chains, a 1977 royal jubilee badge and anarchist band on his arm -- is yet to be valued but should be sold for more than €1,000.

Most of the sculptures and busts were created by UK artist John Sommerville. They ended up in Frank's Corner, a bar in Marbella, which was later sold to an Irishman. He later brought his collection of rock and pop memorabilia back home to sell.

Mr Whyte said he had never seen anything like the sculptures.

"I thought they were brilliant," he added.

"It's a different form of art. It's pop art."

Irish Independent

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