Who items at Christie's Auction

Brian Cady brianinatlanta2001 at yahoo.com
Fri Apr 29 06:23:29 CDT 2005

Christie's Pop Memorabilia Auction (sale #5676) held
at their London, South Kensington location May 5 at
1300 GMT (8am ET, 5am PT)

Lot Number 176
An early Brunswick Records promotional postcard,
adverting The Who's first single I Can't Explain/Bald
Headed Woman, March, 1965, signed on the front in blue
ballpoint pen by Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, Keith
Moon and John Entwistle -- 5½x3½in. (14x9cm.)
Estimate 400 - 600 British pounds 

Lot Number 177
A collection of printed material comprising: a Track
Records proof for the album The Who Sell Out, 1967 --
13x25½in. (33x64.8cm.) framed; a colour poster
featuring Roger Daltrey by John Judkins, August, 1970
-- 26½x23½in. (67.3x59.7cm.); a concert poster The Who
In Concert UK tour, 1971 -- 30x20in. (76.2x50.8cm.);
and a fold-out Italian fan booklet featuring a colour
photograph of the group standing in front of a V.W.
camper van -- 27½x20in. (69.9x50.8cm.) (4)
Estimate 250 - 400 British pounds 

Lot Number 178
Three wooden drumsticks stamped in blue AJAX E, used
by Keith Moon during a concert at the Cirkus-Teatern,
Gothenburg, Sweden, 3rd May, 1967, one stick signed in
red felt pen Keith, all -- 16in. (40.7cm.) long;
accompanied by two colour snap-shots [printed later]
of Moon performing on stage taken during the
Gothenburg concert, both -- 3½x3½in. (9x9cm.); a
ticket stub for the concert; and a note from the fan
who obtained the drumsticks confirming the provenance
Estimate 800 - 1,200 British pounds 

Lot Number 179 
Approximately 135 signatures in two autograph books
and loose, majority mid-1960s, some clipped, subjects
include: Keith Moon, Pete Townshend, John Entwistle
and Roger Daltrey on one page, the other side of the
page sellotaped with souvenirs from The Who's dressing
room comprising Daltrey's cigarette butt, Moon's
Ludwig drumstick packet, an old penny coin from
Townshend and a threepenny coin from Entwistle; other
subjects include Donovan (with his pencil stub
attached to the page); Dusty Springfield (clipped);
The Animals (Chas Chandler twice in two different
places); The Moody Blues on a publicity postcard; The
Kinks; Stevie Wonder; Screaming Lord Sutch; Martha and
the Vandellas (Martha clipped); Cilla Black; Gene
Pitney; and Davie Jones (twice, one clipped) 
Estimate 500 - 700 British pounds 

Lot Number 180 
A rare concert poster The Greatest Big Show Since The
Beatles & The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Small Faces
and Paul Jones, Town Hall, Wellington, New Zealand,
31st January, 1968 -- 30x20in. (76x2x50.7cm.),
conservation backed, framed Estimate Saleroom Notice
Please note this poster is for a concert in Auckland,
not Wellington as stated in the catalogue. 
4,000 - 6,000 British pounds

Lot Number 181 
A rare concert poster Phase Two Presents The Who, City
Hall, Hull, 16th February, 1970 -- 30x20in.
Estimate 600 - 800 British pounds 

Lot Number 182
An album The Who Live At Leeds, Track Records, 1970,
signed on the front cover in black ballpoint pen by
Pete Townshend, John Entwistle and Keith Moon and in
blue ballpoint pen by Roger Daltrey
Lot Notes According to the vendor, these signatures
were obtained backstage before The Who's performance
at Liverpool University on Friday, 14th May, 1971.
Estimate 600 - 800 British pounds 

Lot Number 183 
A multi-coloured tie-dye t-shirt of shocking pink,
blue, green and yellow -- worn by Keith Moon during
the photo-shoot for the album Meaty Beaty Big &
Bouncy, 1971; accompanied by a corresponding copy of
the album where Moon is pictured wearing the t-shirt
on both the front and back covers, but more
prominently on the back cover (2)
Lot Notes The vendor was a staff writer for Melody
Maker magazine in the 1970s, and became friendly with
Keith Moon when they met at the photo-shoot for the
album Meaty Beaty Big & Bouncy in September, 1971.
Moon subsequently gave the vendor this t-shirt on 9th
October, 1971, when he stopped off at Moon's home,
Tara, en-route to the Who's gig at Guildford
University. They travelled to the gig together,
accompanied by former Lovin' Spoonful singer John
Sebastian, Moon's house-guest at the time, who
subsequently appeared on stage with The Who later that
night. It was Sebastian, renowned for making his own
tie-dye t-shirts, who had originally given Moon the
t-shirt in this lot. 
Estimate 3,000 - 5,000 British pounds

Lot Number 184
A black hardshell guitar case for either a Fender
Stratocaster or Fender Telecaster, with black plush
lining, circa early 1970s, the case stencilled on one
side in white lettering WHO, the handle with Pan Am
flight label attached, flight number LON 054141
Estimate 3,000 - 5,000 British pounds 

Lot Number 185
2BA circa 1972 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe,Serial No.
956924, in cherry sunburst finish, single cutaway
body, mahogany neck, 22 fret bound rosewood
fingerboard with crown inlays, two humbucker pickups,
four rotary controls, selector switch, metal bridge
and cream pickguard ---owned by Pete Townshend,circa
1973-1978 and played by him onstage; accompanied by a
black softshell case and a document concerning the
provenance. (3)
Lot Notes Research suggests that this Gibson was
played by Pete Townshend at either The Who's concerts
in Newcastle, 5th-7th November, 1973, or at the
Madison Square Garden concerts, 10th-14th June, 1974.
This Gibson Les Paul Deluxe was given by Pete
Townshend to an employee who subsequently sold it to
the current vendor. When the guitar was given away by
Townshend it was in three pieces. The only unoriginal
parts are the headstock, which apparently was
unrepairable, and the pickups, which are replacements
as one of the original mini humbuckers was missing so
both were replaced with standard humbuckers.  
Saleroom Notice Pete Townshend owned this guitar until
1975, not 1978 as stated in the catalogue, when it was
acquired by the current owner.
The pickups are mini humbuckers and not standard
humbuckers as stated in the catalogue.
Estimate 20,000 - 30,000 British pounds 

Lot Number 186 
A Ned Callan solidbody bass guitar in sunburst finish,
maple neck, 20 fret bound rosewood fingerboard,
Schaller machineheads, two pickups, three rotary
controls and black pickguard; and black rectangular
hardshell case (2)
Lot Notes Ned Callan is the pseudonym of custom-maker
Peter Cook. The distinctive body shape of his 1970s
models earned them the nickname 'Nobbly Neds'.
Estimate 2,000 - 3,000 British pounds 

-Brian in Atlanta
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