The Rolling Stones collectibles
The Rolling Stones are a British rock band formed in 1962. Often billed as "the world's greatest rock and roll band," the band were regarded as being second only to The Beatles in terms of popularity during their 1960s heyday.
Named after a Muddy Waters song, the band’s original members included Mick Jagger (b. 1943), Keith Richards (b. 1943), Brian Jones (1944 – 69), Bill Wyman (b. 1936), and Charlie Watts (b. 1941).
By 1966, the Rolling Stones’ status in popular culture was fully established as perceived rivals to The Beatles. Their peak in terms of popularity was in the late 1960s, with the albums Beggar's Banquet (1968) and Exile on Main Street (1972).
Jones was succeeded by Mick Taylor (b. 1948) in 1969, who in turn was replaced by Ron Wood (b. 1947) in 1976.
The band continue to perform long after the demise of other classic rock bands from the 1960s. Despite occasional rumours of a break-up, including in 1989 before the band embarked on their $140 million Steel Wheels tour - Bill Wyman's last album and tour with the Stones.
At a Sotheby's sale in February 2009 Andy Warhol's acrylic and silkscreen ink on canvas 'MICK JAGGER', stamped by the Andy Warhol Art Authentication Board, Inc., and numbered A112.056 on the overlap, sold for £797,250, against an estimate of £500,000 - £700,000
Autographs and signed manuscripts
A collection of correspondence between Jones and a fan called Martha sold for $3,300 in Los Angeles, in 2007. The letters - consigned by Martha herself - sold with along with a magazine, The Rolling Stones Book, signed by Jones.
The letters included the following:
"Yes, I remember meeting Terry, / and he did stay with me for a / while, but I don't know where / he is now. I think he went / back to America, I'm not sure," writes Jones in blue ballpoint ink. The letters were sold in their original transmittal envelopes with relative postmarks (ie "London / 27 4 '66").
A rare poster for the Rolling Stones at the Queens Hall, Leeds (1964) measuring 30 x 40 inches, this piece of early-'60s rock history auctioned in London, 2008, for £7,800 at Bonhams' offices in Knightsbridge, London.
Mick Jagger's jacket, worn onstage during the group's European tour of 1967, was sold with a photograph of Jagger by Bonhams for £10,800 in London, 2005.
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