Beach Boys Memorabilia Set to be Auctioned inLondon -
A host of rare archive material detailing the first 20 years ofThe Beach Boys' storied career will go under thehammer in London next month.
The trove of Beach Boys artefacts was discoveredin a storage facility in Florida back in 2000 and is said to be oneof the biggest collections of music memorabilia ever go toauction.
The collection features manuscripts, sheet music, recordingcontracts, previously unseen photographs, letters and handwrittenlyrics. The auction has a reserve price of over $10 million (£7million).
Beach Boys archivist Alan Boydsaid of the collection:
"This historic collection, containing many of the BeachBoys' own publishing documents along with assorted handwrittenmusical pieces, vintage legal papers, and various promotional andpersonal items from their early years, presents a priceless lookinto the inner workings of this legendary group. Historicalartefacts like Brian Wilson and Mike Love's signatures on theoriginal songwriter agreements for their 1968 classic 'Do ItAgain', for example, or the original publisher's lead sheet for'Help Me, Rhonda', and even the Beach Boys' own copy of the Libraryof Congress copyright certificate for 'Good Vibrations' - thesetake on a significance that the people who generated them couldscarcely have dreamed of back in the early 1960s."
Ted Owen, the chief executive of Fame Bureau which is auctioningoff the archive, said:
"The finding of this huge archive is probably one of the greatrescue stories in contemporary music history. This written recordof the Beach Boys' creativity represents the largest and mostvaluable collection of its kind ever to reach an auctionroom."
The collection will be previewed in New York on April 15 and atthe Hard Rock Café in London on April 18.