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Auction honoring Fleetwood Mac, includes 'Rumours' hanging balls and much more

Julien’s Auctions presents Fleetwood Mac auction with portion of the proceeds benefiting MusiCares.

Beverly Hills, California – (October 6th, 2022) – Julien’s Auctions, the world record-breaking auction house to the stars, proudly presents “FLEETWOOD MAC: PROPERTY FROM THE LIVES AND CAREERS OF CHRISTINE McVIE, JOHN McVIE AND MICK FLEETWOOD,” an exclusive presentation honoring three legendary GRAMMY® Award-winning band members of Fleetwood Mac, taking place live in a two-day auction event from Saturday, December 3 - Sunday, December 4, 2022 at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills and online on juliensauctions.com. It was also announced that a portion of the proceeds will benefit MusiCares, the leading music industry charity, which provides the music community a support system of health and human services across a spectrum of needs including physical and mental health, addiction recovery, preventative clinics, unforeseen personal emergencies and disaster relief.

The iconic Rumours hanging balls

The iconic Rumours hanging balls

A spectacular collection of over 700 lots featuring the rock music icons’ instruments, awards, wardrobe, equipment and memorabilia from their landmark recordings, live performances and appearances, as well as furnishings, artwork, jewelry, and personal items from their homes will be offered. (photo above: Rumours hanging balls)

The iconic Rumours album cover

The iconic Rumours album cover

Fleetwood Mac's most iconic album, Rumours was released in 1977. The commercial and critically acclaimed album was a runaway success topping the American and British charts with their smash Top Ten singles “Go Your Own Way,” “Don’t Stop,” “You Make Loving Fun” and their No. 1 hit single, “Dreams.” Described by Fleetwood as “the most important album we ever made,” the album won the GRAMMY Award for Best Album in 1978 and is today RIAA-certified 20-times platinum, in addition to platinum, gold, and diamond certifications in countries all over the world, making it one of the best-selling and most-purchased albums of all time. 

Rumours dress

Rumours dress

After their tour, the band’s follow up 1979 experimental double album Tusk went multi-platinum and featured the Top 10 singles “Sara” and “Tusk.” In the 1980s, they released the double album Live, 1982’s Mirage, which produced the hit singles “Hold Me” and “Gypsy,” and its unforgettable music video — the highest-budget music video ever produced at the time and the first “World Premiere Video” on MTV in 1982 and recipient of the first “Special Merit” American Video Award in 1983 — and 1987’s Tango in the Night that generated the hits “Little Lies,” “Seven Wonders,” and “Everywhere.” 

Rumours Alembic “continuously fretted” bass guitar

Rumours Alembic “continuously fretted” bass guitar

Christine McVie has been honored with the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music as a member of Fleetwood Mac, a Gold Badge of Merit from the British Academy of Songwriters, and in 2014 was presented with an Ivor Novello award for Lifetime Achievement. In 2019, she was the subject of the BBC documentary “Christine McVie, Fleetwood Mac’s, Songbird.” McVie recently released an album called “Songbird”, a compilation of solo works from previous albums.

“This baby grand, where I have played ‘Songbird,’ the song I’m most proud of, has been such an important part of my life and career,” said Christine McVie. “Though it’s hard to let go, I’m happy that it will find a new home and owner who will hopefully cherish it as much as I have through the years. I’m additionally pleased that the proceeds of this instrument and my other pieces in this auction will go towards MusiCares to help so many music people in need.”

“Songbird” baby grand piano

“Songbird” baby grand piano

Highlight auction items include:

A “Gypsy” American Video Award ($800 - $1,200): Presented to Christine McVie for the 1982 music video for “Gypsy. “

A Stage-Played Weltmeister LM-25-12 Bandmaster Accordion ($1,000 - $2,000): A candy red piano accordion part of Christine McVie’s selection of touring equipment for Fleetwood Mac and can be seen being played live by McVie on stage on numerous occasions, including during the iconic comeback performance of “Tusk” with the USC Marching Band during their MTV special at Warner Brothers Studios in Burbank, California, on May 23rd, 1997 that was recorded as live album The Dance (photo right).

A Rust-Colored, Velvet Blazer ($500 - $700): Worn by Christine McVie to the 1998 Brit Awards.

A 1976 Rumours Photo-Matched Custom Alembic “Continuously Fretted” Stainless Steel Fingerboard Electric Bass Guitar ($40,000 - $60,000): Used extensively by John McVie both in studio and onstage c. 1976-1980, notably on “The Chain” which features one of the most iconic bass breaks in the history of rock and roll.

A 1976 Prototype Alembic Series 1 Graphite Neck Through Electric Bass Guitar ($20,000 - $40,000): One of two prototype Alembic Series 1 graphite neck through electric bass guitars, created in collaboration with Geoff Gould in 1976: the first two graphite neck basses to be made in this way, one sold to John McVie and the other sold to Stanley Clarke

A Peter Green Gifted 1962 Fender VI Six-String Electric Bass Guitar ($8,000 - $12,000): A 1962 three-tone sunburst Fender VI six-string electric bass guitar, first gifted to Mick Fleetwood by Peter Green c. 1967-1969, and then to John McVie by Mick Fleetwood 

A Royal Albert Hall Stage-Plated 1960 Fender Precision Electric Bass Guitar ($20,000 - $40,000): A 1960 Fender Precision electric bass guitar, acquired by John McVie during the 1960s and used by him through the majority of his time with Fleetwood Mac.

A Stevie Nicks Gifted Surfboard ($6,000 - $8,000): A beige Island Fin custom surfboard gifted to John McVie by Stevie Nicks as a joke while he was living in Hawaii (McVie did not and does not surf).

Mick Fleetwood highlights announced today include (with estimates):

  • Rumours Stage-and Album Cover-Worn Hanging Balls – with Signed Art Print ($100,000 - $200,000): The two wooden balls worn by Mick Fleetwood as part of his attire for the seminal 1977 album cover. Attached to leather cords and housed in a soft maroon cloth drawstring case with the words “Open Sesame” embroidered in gold-tone thread. Lost and found many times over, the balls were originally lavatory chains snatched from a club Fleetwood Mac played during their early years and incorporated into his stage attire in a ribald nod to the blues tradition, something of a good luck charm.
  • Iconic Stage-Played Talking Drum ($100,000 - $200,000): Personally owned and played by Mick Fleetwood throughout his career with Fleetwood Mac. One of two main talking drums used by Fleetwood during performances, the other having red tension cords. As Fleetwood writes about talking drums, “It is a part of me, a portable way to express myself. When I play it, this primitive, one-drum signature becomes a part of my body. It allows me to participate without the cumbersome grandeur of a drum kit, and it takes me back to the basics: the intense need we humans have to communicate.”
  • A 40-inch Stage-Played Zildjian Traditional Gong ($100,000 - $200,000): Used by Mick Fleetwood as part of his touring equipment c. 1997-2019. Described by Mick as “the biggest member of the [Zildjian] family,” the gong can be seen being played by him on stage during Fleetwood Mac’s 1997 performance that would be recorded for The Dance and beyond. Features a small octopus mobile decoration attached to the bottom bar of the frame and housed in an official red “Fleetwood Mac” road case, numbered “253.”
  • “Bare Trees” RIAA “Gold” Record Award ($50,000 - $70,000): Presented to Mick Fleetwood for the album’s sale of over 500,000 copies.
  • A Bill Clinton Signed Drumhead and Farewell Concert Setlist ($80,000 - $100,000): From a private performance by Fleetwood Mac for Clinton’s farewell from office, organized by the White House staff in 2001. The clear Remo Weatherking Ambassador is inscribed from President Bill Clinton and reads, “With thanks for hosting me from beginning to end!/ Bill Clinton/ 6/22/2001.”
  • A Harry Styles Pleasing “Shroom Bloom” Campaign Ensemble ($20,000 - $30,000): A psychedelic purple swirl patterned suit and top hat, worn by Mick Fleetwood during a collaboration for Harry Styles’ beauty brand “Pleasing” (photo right).
  • A Vintage 1967 Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac Debut “7th Annual Jazz and Blues Festival Windsor” Poster ($800 - $1,200).
  • A Studio-Played DW Collector’s Series Rumours Snare Drum ($8,000 - $10,000): A DW Collector’s Series RumoursIcon snare drum, that is limited edition number one and was personally used and signed by Mick Fleetwood while in studio.
  • A Black Felt Crow Top Hat ($20,000 - $40,000): Custom made for Stevie Nicks by Mick Fleetwood with two attached taxidermy crows featuring a wide black ribbon hat band (photo left).
  • A 1998 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Award ($3,000 - $5,000): Presented to Mick Fleetwood for Fleetwood Mac’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.
  • A Stage-Worn Ensemble: Worn by Mick Fleetwood on various tour stops including on September 21, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada as part of Fleetwood Mac’s “An Evening With Fleetwood Mac” tour, as well as bits of the ensemble worn during the band’s 2018 debut appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show ($8,000 - $12,000).

FLEETWOOD MAC: PROPERTY FROM THE LIVES AND CAREERS OF CHRISTINE MCVIE, JOHN MCVIE AND MICK FLEETWOOD

PUBLIC EXHIBITION

Exhibition: Monday, November 28th – Friday, December 2nd, 2022
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time
Free to the public

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Saturday, December 3rd, 2022
Session I: 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time

Sunday, December 4th, 2022
Session II: 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time


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