Memorabilia success at Bonhams
Rock and pop memorabilia recently stole the show at the Entertainment Memorabilia sale at Bonhams, Knightsbridge in December. The top lot in the sale was an acoustic guitar owned and played by Robert Smith, lead singer of The Cure, which was offered with estimates of £3,000 to £5,000 but achieved £27,500 after a lengthy bidding battle on the telephones. A Schecter signature RS -1000 acoustic guitar was personally donated to the Brighton based children’s charity Amaze. The guitar was used throughout The Cure’s 2008 World Tour and the body is signed and inscribed by Smith with the lyrics for That Boy I Never Knew, a song yet to be released.
Another sale highlight was With The Beatles, a rare copy of the 1963 album signed by each member of the group, which sold for a staggering £18,750. Apparently the signatures were obtained by the assistant stage manager at the Liverpool Empire whenT he Beatles were performing there at the early height of their career. The dedication reads, “To Barbara” (the manager’s girlfriend at the time). Visit www.bonhams.com for further information.