Unique Oscar Peterson recording could bring £30,000 at Sotheby's



2015-08-17 09:51:59

A unique recording of unheard music by jazz legend Oscar Peterson will be offered for sale at Sotheby's next month.

The album, entitled 'Take Me Home', was recorded by the Oscar Peterson Legacy Quartet and features ten previously unrecorded and unreleased original compositions by the Grammy award-winning pianist. 

Just a single copy of the album has been created, and is expected to sell for £20,000-£30,000.

“This sale presents an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire a unique slice of unheard, unrecorded musical history by one of the all-time jazz greats,” said Dr Philip Errington, Director of Sotheby’s Department of Printed Books and Manuscripts.

“In today’s age of digital reproduction, it is easy to take music for granted," added Mikkel Torsting, Managing Director of Warner Music Denmark. "Ultra-high and uncompromising standards are essential components of Oscar Peterson’s legacy. So to honour these values, we have decided to bypass the traditional mass market and only issue this masterpiece album in one single copy, just like a sculpture or painting”.

Alongside the unique album, the sale will also offer personal memorabilia and manuscript's from Peterson's life and career.
Highlights will include an 18K gold engraved Dunhill Rollags lighter, presented to him by Ella Fitzgerald on his birthday, estimated at £10,000-£15,000; a Gents 18K yellow gold Oysterquartz Rolex watch, acquired by Peterson in Zurich in the late 1970s, valued at £8,000-£12,000; Peterson's musical manuscript and handwritten lyrics for 'If You Should Care', estimated at £4,000-£6,000; and  a musical manuscript for 'The Strut', recorded by The Oscar Peterson Trio in 1964, priced at £2,000-£3,000.

The unique recording and collection of Oscar Peterson memorabilia will be offered at the upcoming Sotheby's Rock & Pop auction, which takes place in London on September 29.

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