Details are scant about the Rolling Stones’ plans to celebrate their 50th anniversary with a possible farewell tour in 2013, but until the rock legends share the stage again, Stones diehards should delight over the items up for sale at a Julien’s auction next month. Pieces from the personal collection of guitarist Ronnie Wood and his ex-wife, Jo, are set to go under the hammer in Beverly Hills October 27.
The massive haul, which includes Rolling Stones tour clothing, custom-painted Fender Stratocaster guitars and portraits of Eric Clapton and Bob Dylan, was part of the pair’s divorce settlement in 2011. A portion of the proceeds will go towards MusiCares, a charity that helps musicians not as successful as Wood and his bandmates in times of struggle.
However, Wood is denying involvement with the auction and alleging that Jo has no right to sell some of the pieces listed in the auction’s catalog, such as the concert-worn clothes. A recently-released statement says that he is “saddened that Jo has taken this course of action.”
“It is their collection and it is part of their divorce settlement,” Julien’s owner Darren Julien told Reuters this week.
While the rock star portraits are each individually valued between $800 and $1,200, the priciest of the custom Fenders, which sports a painting depicting a Rolling Stones recording session, is estimated to be worth up to $8,000.
A paltry sum compared to what Wood will bring in on next summer’s Stones tour. Better just let this one go, Ronnie. You did cheat on her with a cocktail waitress, so let’s just call this one even.