Auction Highlight: The Animals’ drum kit

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This month Gotta Have Rock and Roll auctions present their “Rock & Roll Pop Culture Auction,” which runs July 20-29, 2016 (Online preview starts July 13), and one of the highlight items is The Animals’ drum kit used on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 (above).

How historically cool is an Animals’ 1964 Ed Sullivan Show stage-used drum kit? Gotta Have Rock and Roll’s Pete Siegel explains:

“We are extremely honored to offer this original, full drum kit used by The Animals for their appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show on October 18, 1964. They used the drum kit for two songs, the iconic “House of the Rising Sun” and “I’m Crying.” The kit can clearly be seen being used by the band in videos from the TV show performance. The configuration, color and bass drum logo (“The Animals”) is different from other drum kits that can be seen being used by the band in that period, and thus it is quite possible the only time they used the kit was for this historic appearance. The kit was purchased in January, 1965 directly from the band’s local road manager for their trip to the U.S. and he told the purchaser that selling the drums was part of his fees for his services. The drums have been in the possession of the buyer’s family since that time, and were only used occasionally since the 1970’s. They were stored in the original cases and removed and cleaned approximately every five years. All equipment is original and exactly the same as when the band used it on the Ed Sullivan show except for the drum head of the bottom floor tom tom drum which was replaced due to damage. The original cases accompany the drum kit, as well as a detailed letter of provenance from the family that originally purchased it directly from the Animals road manager. Also comes with photos from The Animals appearance on the Ed Sullivan show using the drums as well as a Gotta Have Rock & Roll Certificate of Authenticity.”

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For more information on this auction, go to www.GottaHaveRockandRoll.com

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