Snap up music history at Fernhurst auction

Brian Howard with original Rolling Stones Epsom Baths Hall concert poster, 1963. CONTRIBUTED PICTURE

Brian Howard with original Rolling Stones Epsom Baths Hall concert poster, 1963. CONTRIBUTED PICTURE

AUCTIONEER John Nicholson’s of Fernhurst are launching a sale of pop icon memorabilia featuring legends such as The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Georgie Fame and Doctor Who.

The showpiece of this vintage collection is an original poster advertising one of The Rolling Stones’ earliest concerts, when they were on the edge of super stardom and about to release their first hit single, ‘C’mon.’

A signed photograph by all members of the band, autographed on the night of the concert, will also go under the hammer.

The photograph is of the original line-up, including guitarist Brian Jones who died in 1969.

Brian Howard, who designed and owns the original poster, was a local music promoter who booked the band at Epsom Baths Hall in December 1963.

He recalls how he felt he was taking a huge ‘risk’ at the time.

“I booked them a few months before they’d released their first record and although I always signed bands that were ‘on the up’ and likely to make it big, it was a risk at the time.” “It turned out that my biggest success was in signing The Stones.”

The auction also guarantees to send Doctor Who fans into another frenzy of excitement, marking the series’ 50th anniversary with a rare chance to bid for a collectible cartoon of the very first Doctor who piloted the Tardis, William Hartnell.

The pop memorabilia collection will be auctioned on December 13.

John Nicholson’s will also be auctioning handbags, jewellery, silver and paintings.

These include a vintage Lulu Guinness handbag, a gold Butler & Wilson clutch bag while silver-plated coasters, photo frames, teaspoons, candelabra are priced from £10 - £5,000.

There is also a three-day sale of paintings on December 11 and an oriental sale on December 12.

There is a special evening viewing tonight, Monday, December 9 from 5.30-8pm with mulled wine and mince pies.

For further information visit www.johnnicholsons.com




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