Backstage Auctions held a hot Rock n’ Pop auction earlier this month (June 4-12). Over 750 lots were up for bid, much of it memorabilia from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. But among the hottest items sold were Ron Wood paintings and Woodstock memorabilia were very popular among bidders. Here are some results:
RON WOOD 2007 “WA WA WOOD” SIGNED CANVAS ART
Realized Sold Price: $1,840.00
Self portraits have always been an interesting way for an artist to communicate his or her life to the outside world. What better way for Rolling Stones’ guitarist Ron Wood to chronicle his own life than in the same tradition? This painting — aptly titled “Wa Wa Wood” — expresses the man’s passion for his instrument and the joy of playing onstage to millions of fans.
Released in 2007 (in a limited edition of 250), this canvas was professionally matted and framed. It measures 39 x 54 inches and is signed by Ron Wood. It is numbered 82/250 and includes the original COA issued by “Scream Art” in the UK. It is a piece in pristine condition, too.
RON WOOD 2008 “PENSIVE” KEITH RICHARDS SIGNED CANVAS ART
Realized Sold Price: $575.00
This painting originated as a study sketch during one of the Rolling Stones rehearsals. Ron Wood has said that he remembers this particular moment vividly, as he was taken by how deep in thought Keith Richards had been. The colorful excitement in the painting’s detail explains why Wood is drawn to Richards as a subject in his work. Ronnie aptly titled it “Pensive.”
This is a digital screen print on canvas, which was offered in 2008 as a limited edition series of 600. This particular canvas, which measures approximately 21 x 32 inches, is #88/600. It has been signed in silver by Ronnie Wood and is in excellent condition. Some lucky bidder got it for a very reasonable $575.
WOODSTOCK 1969 ORIGINAL “HOSPITAL” FIRST AID SIGN
Realized Sold Price: $1,897.00
Backstage Auctions claims that out of all the original Woodstock collectibles they have offered over the years, this one is by far the most unusual.
Set up at various locations surrounding Max Yasgur’s farm, the Woodstock organizers offered several First Aid spots for those in need of medical assistance. The main tent was the ‘Hospital’ where people with more serious ailments were treated. In lieu of having official signage, a simple white sheet and red paint were used to create this 84 x 144 inch sign.
The infamous Day Two rain storm caused the paint to run, giving this historic memento a somewhat ‘spooky’ effect.
Dan List of the Village Voice was at Woodstock ‘on assignment’ and decided to take the memento home on Monday morning, after Hendrix played his last notes.
The overall condition is very good (all things considered). A very cool piece. No surprise that this was a popular item among many bidders.
WOODSTOCK 1969 ORIGINAL PRESS KIT & ORIGINAL PHOTOS
Realized Sold Price: $2,013.00
Auctioned off as an original Woodstock press folder, containing a total of six press releases on various subjects, this piece also included ten original black & white photos (8×10″), stamped on the back by Village Voice photographer, Robert Niebuhr. Three of the photos show Mary Werning, who was an associate of the Village Voice, selling copies of the New York City tabloid.
Like the other Woodstock collectibles in the auction, this item came from the collection of Dan List, who at the time was an editor at the Village Voice. List traveled to Woodstock to write a cover feature for The Village Voice.
It sold in excellent condition.
JIMI HENDRIX 1972 AUTHENTIC TEST PRESSING & VINTAGE VINYL LOT
Realized Sold Price: $1,685.40
A fantastic piece for any music collector: an authentic test pressing of Jimi Hendrix’ 1972 “In The West” album, straight from Electric Lady Studios engineer & producer John Jansen. The test pressing shows some surface wear but overall it is in good condition.
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