Beach Boys Memorabilia Set to be Auctioned in
A host of rare archive material detailing the first 20 years of
The Beach Boys' storied career will go under the
hammer in London next month.
The trove of Beach Boys artefacts was discovered
in a storage facility in Florida back in 2000 and is said to be one
of the biggest collections of music memorabilia ever go to
The collection features manuscripts, sheet music, recording
contracts, previously unseen photographs, letters and handwritten
lyrics. The auction has a reserve price of over $10 million (£7
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."
Ted Owen, the chief executive of Fame Bureau which is auctioning
off the archive, said:
"The finding of this huge archive is probably one of the great
rescue stories in contemporary music history. This written record
of the Beach Boys' creativity represents the largest and most
valuable collection of its kind ever to reach an auction
The collection will be previewed in New York on April 15 and at
the Hard Rock Café in London on April 18.
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