The light shines on vintage ELO

Afraid of the dark? Want to keep a light on as you are searching for those mythical backwards-messages on your ELO records? Well, here’s the perfect item to have, and it’s a rare one. A 1972 Electric Light Orchestra Light Bulb Display.

Backstage Auctions is putting this one up for auction. I admit, I’ve never liked ELO but I have this strange desire to own it because it is such a cool promotional item. In the early ’70s, United Artists record company shipped out the 36-inch tall inflatable ‘light bulbs’ to record stores across the USA, in order to promote the band in the US. Assuming the local store staff had sufficient lung capacity, this impressive and eye-catching mobile would receive all the oxygen it needed to expand to its 20-inch width. Backstage Auctions describes the exterior as “a little dusty but this great memento is overall in excellent condition.”

Backstage Auctions has a lot of ELO stuff … for all you ELO lovers out there:

There are 5 great 7-inch ELO singles, all in NM condition;
– 1973 Showdown (US)
– 1975 Do Ya (US)
– 1976 Bev Bevan – Let There Be Drums (UK)
– 1977 Telephone Line (US, picture sleeve, green vinyl)
– 1977 Turn To Stone (UK, picture sleeve)

Also, a cool trio of full-length albums;
– 1972 No Answer (US, complete with lyric sheet, EX/ EX)
– 1976 A New World Record (UK, NM-/ NM-)
– 1977 Out Of The Blue (US, 2-Lp with inserts, VG+/ NM)

Last but not least, a 32-page ‘The Big Night’ U.S. tour program from 1977, which is in excellent condition.

Auction Dates: May 16th – May 23rd
Special Preview Starts: May 8th, 2010

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Backstage Auction continues to get cool rock collectibles. Happy ELO-ing!

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