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Beach Boys Memorabilia Set to be Auctioned in London

Beach Boys Memorabilia Set to be Auctioned in London -

A host of rare archive material detailing the first 20 years of The Beach Boys' storied career will go under the hammer in London next month.

The trove of Beach Boys artefacts was discovered in a storage facility in Florida back in 2000 and is said to be one of the biggest collections of music memorabilia ever go to auction.

The collection features manuscripts, sheet music, recording contracts, previously unseen photographs, letters and handwritten lyrics. The auction has a reserve price of over $10 million (£7 million).

Beach Boys archivist Alan Boyd said of the collection:

 "This historic collection, containing many of the Beach Boys' own publishing documents along with assorted handwritten musical pieces, vintage legal papers, and various promotional and personal items from their early years, presents a priceless look into the inner workings of this legendary group. Historical artefacts like Brian Wilson and Mike Love's signatures on the original songwriter agreements for their 1968 classic 'Do It Again', for example, or the original publisher's lead sheet for 'Help Me, Rhonda', and even the Beach Boys' own copy of the Library of Congress copyright certificate for 'Good Vibrations' - these take on a significance that the people who generated them could scarcely have dreamed of back in the early 1960s."

Ted Owen, the chief executive of Fame Bureau which is auctioning off the archive, said:

"The finding of this huge archive is probably one of the great rescue stories in contemporary music history. This written record of the Beach Boys' creativity represents the largest and most valuable collection of its kind ever to reach an auction room."

The collection will be previewed in New York on April 15 and at the Hard Rock Café in London on April 18.




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