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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — A exclusive auction of property from the collection of Rolling Stone guitarist Ronnie Wood and Jo Wood, will benefit MusiCares, a charity that helps those struggling with poverty and substance abuse. The Wood’s collection, which holds an exceptional array of fine and decorative art, antiques, music memorabilia and other personal property, is being offered at auction on Oct. 27, 2012.
Among the highlights are an assortment of memorabilia from the Rolling Stones, Faces and Ronnie Wood’s solo career both as a musician and an artist, spanning more than four decades. Some of the key music-related highlights of the Wood collection are stage-worn leather jackets and clothing, two Ronnie Wood custom painted Fender Stratocasters, one with the body depicting a Rolling Stones recording session (estimate $4,000-$8,000).
There is tour clothing, backstage passes and tour ephemera from various Rolling Stones tours of the 1990s and 2000s, collectible Rolling Stones books, guitar picks, vinyl record albums and other memorabilia that Jo collected over the years. Other highlights include a Mick Jagger handwritten note to Wood ($200-$400), a twice-signed Mick Jagger Rolling Stones poster ($400-$600) and a cardboard cutout in the form of a guitar body inscribed “To Ronnie from Keith,” describing a guitar Richards commissioned for Wood as a Christmas gift ($200-$300). Portraits of Keith Richards, Eric Clapton and Bob Dylan are among some of the artwork offered by Wood, a visual artist and painter ($800-$1,200 each).
The Wood collection also includes fine antiques, furniture and decorative art from Holmwood, the Surrey countryside estate shared by Ronnie and Jo Wood. The resplendent décor combined a modern Rock ’n Roll aesthetic with stately 19th century antiques and fine art including an Erard harp ($4,000-$5,000), a Victorian Mahogany dining table ($4,000-$6,000) and a pair of Aubusson tapestry entre fenetres ($8,000-$10,000).
Also offered is a collection of British sporting artwork including a bronze jockey statue by Dame Elisabeth Frink ($65,000-$85,000), “Shark and his Trainer Price” from the studio of George Stubbs ($45,000-$55,000) and other equestrian paintings by Richard Roper ($20,000-$25,000) and Edwin Loder of Bath ($6,000-$8,000). Other fine paintings in the sale are “The Coronation of Saint Cosmos and Saint Damian” from the Circle of Pietro Malambra ($12,000-$18,000), and “The Flower Seller” by John William Hennessey ($25,000-$30,000).
The sale includes an array of decorative statues, masks and furnishings collected from all over the world, along with a traveling case containing a double burner electric stove used to make family meals while on the road. Other unique offerings from this collection include a set of nine original John Lennon and Steven Verona cartoon drawings used in The Beatles’ first music video ($1,500-$2,500), a sterling silver Theo Fennell soda siphon ($8,000-$10,000) and a slot machine by Pierre Abel-Nau, circa 1913 ($3,000-$4,000).
A portion of the proceeds from the auction benefits MusiCares, a nonprofit organization of The Recording Academy that provides emergency financial assistance and addiction recovery resources to music people in need. The sale is managed by Julien’s Auctions, one of the world’s premier celebrity and entertainment auction houses.
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