• Radiohead lyric sketch book sells at auction for £5,000

    A sketchbook used by Radiohead while they were writing and rehearsing for their second album ‘The Bends’ has sold at auction this week for £5,000.

    According to Omega Auctions, who conducted the sale, the book was picked up in 1993 by “a man who had lent the group instruments and a PA sound system” at the Oxfordshire barn they were working in.

    The A2 sketchbook contains hand-drawn sketches, chords and lyrics pertaining to ‘The Bends’, including the album’s closing track ‘Street Spirit (Fade Out)’ and three unreleased songs: ‘Too Easy’, ‘Idiot Boy’ and ‘Dead Bank Clerk’.

    Omega auctioneer Paul Fairweather said that “the sketchpad gives an insight into a crucial period in the group’s history”.

    The seller, who wishes to remain anonymous, explained: “When the [Radiohead] sessions were over I went to retrieve my equipment and ‘clear out’ the room.

    “I was informed that anything remaining in the room was not required by the band and should be thrown away or kept by me if I so wished, so I kept the sketch pad.”

    It had been hoped that the auction would receive bids of up to £12,000, but the highest bid of £5,000 was accepted by the seller after the reserve failed to be met.

    The total sale of the sketchbook equates to £6,400 when including the buyer’s premium.

    A 1960 Fender Precision bass guitar that was used by Colin Greenwood to record ‘Fake Plastic Trees’ was also sold during this week’s auction for £6,000.

    Last month an old Radiohead demo tape – featuring unheard tracks that were recorded by the band under their old name On A Friday – sold for £7600 at auction.

  • Sotheby’s to Auction Virgil Abloh Sneaker Prototype for Louis Vuitton – WWD

    SEEING RED: Sotheby’s will auction a prototype for a Louis Vuitton sneaker designed and signed by men’s artistic director Virgil Abloh to raise funds for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS and the impact of COVID-19.

    As part of its continued collaboration with Red, the nonprofit organization founded by Bono and Bobby Shriver in 2006, Vuitton is donating the one-of-a-kind Louis Vuitton I (Red) Trainer, which has no reserve price and is expected to fetch between $30,000 and $40,000 during the online-only auction.

    Bidding on the pair, in a standard U.K. men’s size 9, opens on Monday through March 4. The shoes will be on view by appointment in Sotheby’s New York galleries during this period.

    Increasing the value of the sneakers, the side grid on this pair is red, later adjusted to white for the actual production launch of the shoe, which went on sale on Dec. 1 to mark World AIDS Day. Full proceeds from the Sotheby’s auction will be donated to the Global Fund.

    “As a designer I am really proud to use creativity and design to spur positive change,” Abloh said in a statement. 

    “Virgil Abloh is one of the most forward-looking and innovative artists working today, and he has permanently transformed the landscape of design and streetwear,” said Brahm Wachter, Sotheby’s director of e-commerce development. “We are extremely excited to present this special LV Trainer prototype, signed by Virgil himself, especially for such an important cause.” 

    Sotheby’s set a world auction record for any pair of sneakers last year by selling Michael Jordan’s game-worn autographed Nike Air Jordan 1s from 1985 for $560,000. In the course of its partnership with Red since 2008, the auction house has raised almost $80 million for the fight to end AIDS.

    See also:

    Sotheby’s Sets Sights on Sneaker Market in 2021

    Nike Air Jordan Sneaker Sets New Auction Record

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