Rolling Stones legend Bill Wyman is putting his collection of memorabilia that spans the five decades he spent with the band up for auction for £3million.
The collection of 1,000 items includes guitars, keyboards, amps, awards and outfits the band wore on stage throughout his 50-year career playing bass for the rock ‘n roll legends.
Wyman, 83, who played with the band from 1962 to 1993, says he will donate some of the proceeds to a group of his favourite charities.
Among the highlights are some incredibly valuable bass guitars, some of which are worth up to £400,000 each.
The most expensive instrument is a 1969 Fender Mustang bass in a ‘Competition Orange’ finish designed by Leo Fender himself. It was played by Wyman during the Stones’ concerts and recordings in 1969 and 1970 and was exhibited at the O2 Arena Rock Exhibition in London in 2010. It is expected to sell for £385,000.
They are all going under the hammer at Julien’s Auctions in Los Angeles in late May.
Music producer Bill Wyman is putting his £3million collection of Rolling Stones memorabilia that spans five decade up for auction for £3million. Pictured left: A 1978 Travis Bean custom short scale bass hand built for Bill Wyman. Right: Early 1960s Framus Star Bass model 5/150 used by Wyman between 1963 and 1965
This guitar case used by Wyman during his time playing bass for the Stones will also be up for grabs in May’s auction
This guitar case is among 1,000 items being put up for auction by Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman, now 83, at an auctioneers in Los Angeles, USA
Pictured: The 1962 VOX ‘Normal’ model amplifier used by Bill Wyman at his audition for the Rolling Stones. It was used regularly in the Stones’ early days and Richards later admitted it played a part in Wyman joining the group
This poster advertises the auction, which begins at Julien’s Auctions in Los Angeles, USA, on May 29, and will see 1,000 of Bill Wyman’s possessions from his time with the Rolling Stones go under the hammer
A 1978 custom-built Travis Bean short scale bass used by Wyman on the band’s recordings, videos and tours in 1978 is tipped to make £230,000.
A Dan Armstrong prototype bass that once appeared on Top of the Pops with Wyman is also valued at £155,000.
One of the most stand-out lots is an old amplifier Wyman used for his audition to join the fledgling band in 1962.
Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Brian Jones were suitably impressed by Wyman’s musical skills and his VOX AC-30 amp that they hired him.
The amp was used regularly in the Stones’ early days and Richards later admitted it played a part in Wyman joining the group.
Richards, 76, said: ‘Bill had amplifiers! Bill came fully equipped. A Vox AC-30 amplifier, which was beyond our means to possess.
‘We used to worship it. We used to look at it and get on our knees. To have an amplifier was crucial.’
This bright orange outfit worn by Bill Wyman with an ice cream cone embroidered on the back is going under the hammer for several thousand pounds in Los Angeles in May
Also going under the hammer is this Mellotron MKII Model Keyboard, which was delivered to Wyman’s house in December 1966. At the time the American instrument cost him £830 but it is now expected to sell for £45,000
There is also a Mellotron MKII Model Keyboard going under the hammer, which was delivered to Wyman’s house in December 1966.
At the time the instrument cost him £830 but it is now expected to sell for £45,000.
The wooden piece was incredibly advanced for its day as it included built-in recording equipment that could capture everything that was played.
There are a number of personal artefacts in the collection that document some of the Stones’ earliest days as a group.
There is an early BBC radio contract dated July 15, 1964 for an appearance The Rhythm and Blues Show, recorded on October 8 1964.