An English rock guitarist and bassist best known as a member of the iconic rock-band The Rolling Stones, Ronald David ‘Ronnie’ Wood, who recently celebrated the band’s 50th anniversary, was actually left ‘staggered’ and ‘shocked’ by the auction of an assortment of Rolling Stones memorabilia and artwork offered by his ex-wife Jo Wood from their formal marital home Holmwood, a country estate in Surrey England. Originally, the auction which actually marked the end of their 24-years old marriage came after a year on from their divorce, which was prompted by Ronnie’s widely reported relationship with Russian waitress Ekaterina Ivanova. However, the collection auctioned by Julien’s Auctions represented the every aspect of their life together as a couple, featuring memorabilia spanning four decades from the Wood’s work with Faces, Rolling Stones, and solo career both as a musician and artist. And, some of the sale highlights of this two-day auction held in Beverly Hills included a white leather coat sold for $8,960, a Fender Stratocaster guitar sold for $60,800, and a lithograph of Eric Clapton drawn by Wood himself for $5,120.
Notably a 1955 Fender Stratocaster guitar often played on stage by two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Ron Wood fetched $60,800, a price way more than its highest pre-sale estimate of $8,000.
Among other memorabilia were a white leather coat worn by Ronnie Wood which fetched $8,960, Eric Clapton’s lithograph drawn by the guitarist himself that featured his signature as well as Clapton’s fetched $5,120, and even a cardboard cutout in the form of a guitar body inscribed ‘To Ronnie from Keith, describing a guitar Richards commissioned for wood a Christmas gift fetched $6,875.
Further, a portrait of Marilyn Monroe, acrylic on paper, gifted to Ronnie with inscription "Dear Ronnie,/ Happy Birthday!/ Congratulations to the Big 50!/ (Welcome to this club)/ I drink to your next 5 decades/ Love, Sebastian & Andrea."
Notably, a portion of the auction’s proceeds will also go to the musician’s charity MusiCares.
Speaking about the memorabilia associated with the rock-legends, we have earlier seen the sale offering of nude photos of John Lennon, the smashed Kurt Cobain guitar, Pink Floyd's autographed guitar, the rare Beatles autographed guitar, and Elvis's first guitar, to name a few.
Besides the auction, the noted Japanese liquor brand Suntory celebrated The Rolling Stones 50th anniversary with the release of a limited edition of its blended whisky Rolling Stones 50th Anniversary Whisky.