Auction house Head Over Heels
GARAGE sales do not normally attract the attention of music experts and fans from around the world – but when the garage in question belongs to 1980s hit band Tears for Fears, it is an entirely different matter. More than 30 flight cases containing equipment, instruments and clothing from the band’s 1996 tour will go on sale in December having been cleared from the home of Tears for Fears’ frontman Roland Orzabal.
The huge haul includes a Linn drum machine – part of the band’s signature sound – a Yamaha DX1 synthesizer; guitar amplifiers, pedal boards, VIP tour passes and even Roland Orzabal’s Electro-Voice microphone. Tears for Fears were formed in Bath in 1981 and achieved international success with hits such as Shout and Head Over Heels.
The collection will go under the hammer at Gardiner Houlgate in Wiltshire on December 12 and 13. Auctioneer Luke Hobbs said: “We think this will attract the attention of fans, collectors and professional equipment dealers from around the world. In terms of price, there could easily be £30,000 to £40,000 worth of equipment here – and that’s without factoring in ‘fan value’.”
Auctioneer Luke Hobbs with some of the Tears for Fears memorabilia that is being sold by band frontman Roland Orzaba