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Bonham’s sale Update: Via Bonhams website

 The Martin D28 acoustic guitar owned and used by Jimmy Page and donated by him in aid of the ABC Trust raised a remarkable £21,000 at the Bonhams Entertainment/Memorabilia sale this afternoon July 2nd.

 Here’s a summary of the Led Zeppelin related items and what they sold for excluding the buyers premium…

 226   Jimmy Page: A Martin D-28 Marquis ‘Birthday Special 2007’ guitar owned and played by Jimmy Page,   £20,999


 US$ 32,046

 227   Led Zeppelin: A first pressing of the band’s eponymous debut album, 1969,   £899


 US$ 1,373

 228   Led Zeppelin: Photographs of the group onstage at Aberdeen, 25th January 1973,   £699


 US$ 1,068

 229   Jimmy Page: A colour silk screen print of Jimmy Page by Sandra Lawrence, 2000,   £299


 US$ 457

 Lot 230 – 1970 Bath poster not listed as sold.


Last night I attended Bonham’s Auction preview launch for their Entertainment and Memorabilia auction sale in Knightsbridge London staged with Yelp. There was an amazing array of  memorabilia including rare items from the likes of David Bowie, The Beatles, Cream, The Rolling Stones, Queen etc

The big attraction for me was of course the Martin D28 acoustic guitar which Jimmy Page has donated in aid of the ABC Trust – The estimate price for the auction is £10,000 to £15,000 – $16.000 -$23,000 –the sale takes place tomorrow.

It’s a beautiful item as can be seen…

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The sale is being staged tomorrow July 3rd – full details at:

More of Jimmy’s Martin  D 28 acoustic guitar at Bonhams last night. Jimmy acquired the guitar in November 2006. The photo showing  Jimmy playing it at the RoyHarper 70th birthday gig in 2010 was taken by Ian Avey for TBL issue 31.

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Below – Bonhams Auction Entertainment/Memorabilia sale preview last night –next to the beautiful Martin D 28 with Bonhams Department Director Stephanie Connell and Senior Specialist Katherine Williams

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Below – another pic with THAT guitar…

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 Here’s a round up if the other Led Zeppelin related items in the Bonhams sale:

Lot 227 :

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Led Zeppelin: A first pressing of the band’s eponymous debut album, 1969,

Bonhams Auction Entertainment/Memorabilia sale preview last night – lot 230 first pressing of the Led Zeppelin’s eponymous debut album, 1969, Atlantic 588171, the front cover with turquoise lettering, orange/maroon labels with Superhype Music publishing credits –being Sold on behalf of Oxfam.

Estimate £700 – £900 US$ 1,100 – 1,400

Lot 228:

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Led Zeppelin: Photographs of the group onstage at Aberdeen, 25th January 1973.

I had a look a these – I’ve  seen copies of these over the years.

Led Zeppelin: Photographs of the group onstage at Aberdeen, 25th January 1973, twelve colour prints, believed unpublished, to be sold with copyright, 3½ inches (9cm) square . Estimate:

£500 – 600 US S$ 760 – 910

Lot 229:

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Jimmy Page: A colour silk screen print of Jimmy Page by Sandra Lawrence, 2000, signed and dated by the artist, numbered edition 298/300, additionally signed in pencil Jimmy Page, 33 x 30 inches (84x76cm.) Sold on behalf of the Action for Brazil’s Children Trust.


£500 – 700

US$ 760 – 1,100

Lot 230:

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Led Zeppelin: A poster for the ‘Bath Festival Of Blues & Progressive Music ’70’, held at Shepton Mallett … credit to Oozedesign, London, the line up including Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Jefferson Airplane etc.


£800 – 1,200

US$ 1,200 – 1,800

 Many thanks to Georgina Parker and Nathalie Pownall at the ABC Trust and Stephanie Connell and Katherine Williams at Bonhams. 


John Paul Jones with Seasick Steve at Glastonbury:

Here’s a clip from last Friday’s excellent performance at Glastonbury featuring John Paul Jones with Seasick Steve and Dan Magnusson…



Latest Robert Plant Presents Sensational Space Shifters US tour Feedback:

This from Stephen Humphries for TBL at the June 28th Santa Barbara gig

Third show this week was over 2 hours drive away up in beautiful Santa Barbara tonight. Had very good seats tonight up close. Another excellent gig, if not quite as good as Wednesday because the crowd was older – Santa Barbara’s demographic – and not quite as vibey even though people were clearly enjoying it.

When I saw Band of Joy at the same venue two years ago, Plant sang “All My Love” for the first and only time since Led Zep in 1980. No rarities tonight – I’d hoped to hear this band’s version of “Angel Dance,” which they’d played early on in the US tour – but we did get the US tour debut of “What is and What Should Never Be,” which rocked. Skin and Justin Adams did a great job with the panning stereo effect guitars at the end of it.

This is Plant’s best solo band. He is on fire at the moment. And his voice is astonishingly powerful  and dynamic right now. This band has developed a lot since the debut Gloucester show and the chemistry between the players is very clear.

 Stephen Humphries

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 Above photo from the June 21st Houston show by Stridersean 

Review of the Berkeley June 29th show via Jim Harrington/Mercury News

Robert Plant knows what the fans want.

They want Led Zeppelin.

This time through town, the British rock legend was willing to oblige them. Plant got the Led out early and often on Saturday night at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, opening with “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You” and then going on to devote roughly half of his 90-minute-plus show to Zeppelin tunes.

Unfortunately, they didn’t sound like we remembered them — and if you were expecting that they would then you probably haven’t been paying all that much attention to Plant’s post-Zeppelin solo career, which began with 1982’s “Pictures at Eleven.”

Having ignored his old band’s songbook for more than a decade, Plant finally began to reclaim his legacy onstage in the mid-’90s. Yet, he’s gone about doing it in his own peculiar way, especially in recent years. He’s softened the arrangements on many of the Led Zep classics, perhaps in order to make them more palpable for those who caught on to him through 2007’s folksy collaboration with Alison Krauss, “Raising Sand.”

In Berkeley, some of the re-imagined Zep tunes worked quite well — usually the ones that, in their original incarnations, were really just folk songs given a metal turbo boost. In that regard, “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You” (a tune first made famous by Joan Baez in the early ’60s) and “Going to California” (perhaps Led Zep’s best power ballad) were both highlights of the show.

Other reworked classics came across

as mere oddities, seldom conveying the passion and power of the originals. Indeed, there were times when Plant would run a Led Zep tune through the America/world music blender and the result would be something ripe for a “Saturday Night Live” skit. The worst was “Black Dog,” a once magnetic number that was juiced up with West African rhythms to the point where it sounded like an outtake from Paul Simon’s “Graceland” sessions.

As expected, the Led Zep covers — regardless of their strength — drew some of the biggest responses from the crowd. Fans would clap and cheer whenever they recognized a melody or riff, which — due to the arrangements — often took a few moments.

Plant sounded great throughout the night, occasionally even reaching his “golden god” heights of the ’70s. His band, dubbed the Sensational Space Shifters, is also terrific and quite agile, convincingly following Plant through folk, blues, rock and other musical terrain.

What’s missing, however, is a strong electric rock-guitar presence. I’d gladly trade the synthesized violin and other atypical rock elements for someone who could do a half decent Jimmy Page imitation.

The set list was intriguing enough. Yet, the fact that he ignored so many of his solo hits was quite telling. We got a decent version of “In the Mood,” but no “Big Log,” “Other Arms,” “Heaven Knows” or “Tall Cool One.” I guess even an Americana makeover wouldn’t transform those ’80s hits into something we’d want to hear in 2013.

He also played a handful of covers. I wasn’t impressed with the weird take on the Willie Dixon blues standard “Spoonful” (first recorded by Howlin’ Wolf in 1960). It started off OK, but lost focus and steam during the jammed-out psychedelic ending. He had better luck during the encore with the traditional tune “Satan, Your Kingdom Must Come Down,” which is perhaps best known — if it’s known at all — by the Uncle Tupelo version.

Plant closed the show on a definite high note, leading his band through a fairly straight-ahead take on the Led Zep classic “Rock and Roll.”

And that seemed to be exactly what the fans wanted.

Jim Harrington

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Until next time…Keep listening, keep reading…

Dave Lewis/Gary FoyJuly 2nd, 2013.

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One Comment »

  • Andrew R said:

    Dave you are amazing always where the action is! JIMMYS guitar sold for £21000! the turquoise for only £900.Very intersting what sells and what doesnt.

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