Memorabilia from world famous musicians will be sold at a huge music auction in Newcastle this month.
Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Tom Jones, Oasis, Bob Dylan and Paul McCartney are among the artists who will see some of their tour memorabilia under the hammer of auctioneers Anderson & Garland on June 15.
Touring jackets, passes and programs are among the items for sale, which were acquired from a tour manager with a career spanning over 40 years in the music industry. Most of the items sold were picked up from tours that took place in the 80s and 90s.
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Among those up for auction is a jacket and memorabilia from the famous 1996 Oasis concert at Knebworth. The event was the biggest selling event ever at Knebworth with 250,000 people attending over two days.
A suede jacket that was given to touring staff for Whitney Houston’s 1993 European tour and jackets given to touring staff for Michael Jackson’s 1988 BAD tour, which played to 970,000 people alone. ‘in England as there were no Scottish shows, will also be auctioned.
There will also be a chance to pick up a 1985 Live Aid concert pass and a copy of Barbra Streisand’s cavalier artist to appear live.
Anderson & Garland MD, Julian Thomson, said: “It will come as no surprise that this impressive collection of musical memorabilia, acquired over a 40-year career, has captured the attention of collectors around the world. Featuring items from some of the biggest tours the music industry has ever seen, these items are sure to be one of the highlights of our music auction, taking place next week.”
Here are some of the items that will be auctioned at the Anderson & Garland Music Auction:
Michael Jackson Jackets which were issued to touring staff for the 1988 BAD Tour, including a rare US-produced touring staff jacket for the world tour. A second Michael Jackson jacket, given to staff by the British promoter as a thank you for arranging the production of the show at the various stadiums across the country, will also be auctioned.
The tour played to 970,000 people in England alone as there were no Scottish shows. Some of the venues included seven shows at Wembley Stadium, in front of 65,000 fans at Leeds Roundhay Park and 125,000 at Liverpool Aintree Racecourse.
Bob Dylan Jackets produced by Levi for a tour and only given to tour personnel. The tour manager explained to the auctioneers that the writing on the jackets was deliberately understated, as Mr Dylan does not approve of any loud advertising bearing his name.
A MC Hammer Jacket which was produced by British Knight, which was considered the most sought after sports company at the time. The jacket was only given to tour staff for the 1990 World Tour.
The tour was huge in the UK with seven shows at Wembley Arena and Old Manchester Railway Station being just a few venues. The tour was a hit around the world and helped her record sell over 14 million units.
A Oasis jacket, tour plans, passes and tickets. The jacket was exclusively produced for the 1996 Knebworth concert by Levi. The tour director told the auctioneers there were only 200, making the item very sorted after. This event was the biggest selling event ever at Knebworth, playing to 250,000 fans at two sold-out shows and enough ticket inquiries for a week of shows.
Site plans are those submitted to council and contractors for the event. As the event was overwhelmed with concession stands, everything had to be carefully calculated in advance so that we all knew what should be where to set everything up at the venue.
There are also a number of different passes that were needed to cover such a massive event, a mini-itinerary that was given to working staff in a handy format, a copy of the show running order for each show day, which shows the different acts that were on each day, a copy of a ticket for each show day, and a nearly full booklet of unused tickets for the Saturday show.
Of them Paul McCartney jackets are from the 1993 World Tour which were staff items that were donated by the UK promoter for its UK shows. The tour manager explained that the leather-look jacket is not leather because McCartney is a strict animal lover and would not approve if it was.
A whitney houston suede jacket which was given to touring staff for the 1993 European tour by the promoter. The tour was a huge event as Whitney, one of the biggest artists in the world at the time, was sold out, including four shows at Earls Court in London.
A Live Aid Pass (1985) for all-day stage presence, which was used for one of three stage managers for the day. The tour manager explained that this event was the first major festival-style stadium show that paved the way for today’s festivals.
A Tom Jones Jacket is from Tom Jones’ first UK tour in 20 years, in 1983. Jones’ signature is on the inside of the jacket with the stitched Welsh daffodil making it different from the others.
A Elton John / Eric Clapton 1992 European Tour shirt. The show was split, with each artist performing their own show before a few numbers together at the end of the show.
There will be a number of other passes, shirts, programs and more acquired from the tour manager at the auction, as well as a 1951 Fender Telecaster Precision, signed by Wallsend-born musician Sting , as well as actors Robson Green, Tim Healy and Denise Welch (then Healy) and musician Phil Sumner will also be auctioned.
The bass guitar was originally sold in a charity auction on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. The charity auction, organized in tribute to Sting, by the Varity Club Great Britain, took place at the Civic Center in Newcastle on May 7, 2004.
The guitar, which is in immaculate condition and still bears the original Fender tags, comes with a program of events from the evening and has an estimate of £2,000-3,000.
Mr Thomson said: “It is a pleasure to offer up for auction this superb guitar, signed by some of the North East’s best known celebrities, which was originally sold at auction. charity on the occasion of Stings 50e Birthday.”