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Property From Bill Wyman And His Rolling Stones Archive
Property From Bill Wyman And His Rolling Stones Archive
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Property From Bill Wyman And His Rolling Stones Archive

Julien's Auctions is proud to present "Property From Bill Wyman And His Rolling Stones Archive" Courtesy of Ripple Productions Limited, an auction taking place in Beverly Hills and live online at Julien's Live on Friday, May 29th, Saturday, May 30th and Sunday, May 31st.

PRE-ORDER SHIPPING EARLY MAY 2020



"Property From Bill Wyman And His Rolling Stones Archive", our spectacular three-day auction event, celebrates the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted English musician, record producer, songwriter and singer.

The sale will feature over 1,000 lots selected from Wyman’s renowned and vast archive. The archive contains not only an unprecedented collection of his instruments, stage worn ensembles, awards, personal items and artifacts collected during his illustrious three-decade career as a founding member and bassist of the World’s Greatest Rock Band, the Rolling Stones, but also important instruments and artifacts from his ongoing solo career.

As depicted in the 2019 documentary film about the life and career of Wyman, The Quiet One, this archive also includes a wide range of property including never before seen archival material, equipment, ephemera, merchandising, promotional materials, production artwork, photographs, correspondence, concert posters, records and other memorabilia.

“Collecting and archiving has been one of the great pleasures of my life and will undoubtedly be one of my legacies,” said Bill Wyman. “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.”

He continued, “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.”

Born William George Perks Jr. in Lewisham, South London on October 24th, 1936, Wyman began taking piano lessons at the age of 10 years old. He bought his first guitar, a Burns electric guitar in 1959, then fell in love with the bass guitar after hearing one at a Barrons Knight concert. He used the stage name Lee Wyman (later changed to Bill Wyman), taking the surname of a friend with whom he had served alongside in the Royal Air Force from 1955-1957.  He legally changed his surname to Wyman in August 1964.

After realizing his band, The Cliftons, needed a bass-player, and as nobody wanted to play bass, Wyman decided to do it himself, and in 1961, he created and played the world's first fretless bass guitar with his band, and later with the Rolling Stones.

On December 7th, 1962, the 26-year-old bassist went to the Wetherby Arms pub in London to audition for the Rolling Stones - whose lineup consisted at the time of Ian Stewart, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones and Chapman. After buying the poor musicians a round of drinks while impressing them with his musical instrument and his 1962 Vox AC30 Normal model amplifier, Rock ‘N’ Roll history was made.

Soon after Wyman and drummer Charlies Watts joined, the Rolling Stones went on to become one of the most popular and notorious bands in the universe. Their unique blues, Rock ‘N’ Roll and R&B sound, coupled with their youthful swagger, provocative song lyrics and stage performances and rebellious attitude, made them 1960s counterculture idols and iconoclasts and a cultural phenomenon who were part of the British Invasion that conquered the United States in 1964 and the rest of the world thereafter.

For the next three decades, “The Quiet One’s” innovative, subtle and solid bass lines in lock step with Watts’ drumming provided the powerhouse drive and pulse for The Stones’ classic albums and some of Rock ‘N’ Roll’s greatest hits: “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (Out of Our Heads, 1965), “Paint It, Black” (Aftermath, 1966), “19th Nervous Breakdown” (single release, 1966), “Sympathy for the Devil” (Beggars Banquet, 1968) “Monkey Man” (Let it Bleed, 1969), “Gimme Shelter” (Let it Bleed, 1969), “You Can't Always Get What You Want” (Let it Bleed, 1969), “Honk Tonk Woman” (single release, 1969), “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” (Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out, 1970), “Sway” (Sticky Fingers, 1971), “Brown Sugar” (Sticky Fingers, 1971), “Start Me Up” (Tattoo You, 1981) and more.

Pre-order this three volume catalogue set with slip case today.

If you can't make it out to Beverly Hills to bid in person, you can still watch all the action as well as bid online at Julien's Live!

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