Rare Beach Boys Material To Go Up For Auction Next Month
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 03.17.2013
Archive material hitting the auction block in London...
A big collection of rare Beach Boys material is set to go on auction in London next month. NME reports that the material, which was found in a Florida storage facility in 2000, is believed to be one of the largest music memorabilia collections ever put on sale. it includes sheet music for about 150 songs, recording contracts, photographs and handwritten lyrics and letters. The auction has a reserve price of over $10 million.
Beach Boys archivist Alan Boyd said of the collection, "This historic collection, containing many of the Beach Boys' own publishing documents along with assorted handwritten musical pieces, vintage legal papers, and various promotional and personal items from their early years, presents a priceless look into the inner workings of this legendary group. Historical artefacts like Brian Wilson and Mike Love's signatures on the original songwriter agreements for their 1968 classic 'Do It Again', for example, or the original publisher's lead sheet for 'Help Me, Rhonda', and even the Beach Boys' own copy of the Library of Congress copyright certificate for 'Good Vibrations' – these take on a significance that the people who generated them could scarcely have dreamed of back in the early 1960s."