Bill Wyman Puts Cherished Guitars and Equipment up for Auction

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Bill Wyman equipment hits the auction block - Courtesy


Bill Wyman will offer up some of his prized guitars and equipment at auction to benefit some causes close to his heart. The lucky auction house to curate the event is Julien’s Auction House of Beverly Hills.

“Collecting and archiving has been one of the great pleasures of my life and will undoubtedly be one of my legacies,” Wyman said. “It feels like the right time to share my archive with the world. I hope people will get as much joy from my collections as I have.

“It is easier to let these items go knowing that a portion of the proceeds from this sale will support three causes that are close to my heart: The Prince’s Trust, Macmillan Cancer Support and CCMI (Central Caribbean Marine Institute) who are at the forefront of restoring the health of theworld’s reefs and oceans.”

Wyman’s fine collection of guitars will be offered with highlights including:

— A 1969 Fender Mustang Bass with a Competition Orange finish designed by Leo Fender before he left the company used by Wyman on The Stones’ concerts and recordings in 1969 and 1970 and exhibited at the O2 Arena Rock Exhibition in 2010 (estimate: $300,000-$500,000)

–A 1978 custom built Travis Bean Custom Short Scale Bass used by Wyman on the band’s recordings, videos and tours in 1978 and the 1980s (estimate: $200,000-$300,000)

— A 1981 black Steinberger Custom Short-Scale XL-Series Bass played during the 1988 A.I.M.S. Gala concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London and the Rolling Stones 1982 tour (estimate: $100,000-$200,000)

— A 1974 Dan Armstrong Prototype Bass used by Wyman on several performances, such as the Rolling Stones’ 1975 performance on a flat-bed truck in New York City, the Rolling Stones 1975-76 tour and Wyman’s 1981 Top Of The Pops performance of his hit single, “(Si Si) Je Suis Un Rock Star” (estimate: $100,000-$200,000)

— A 1965 VOX ‘Wyman Bass’ Model Teardrop Bass Guitar, used on the Rolling Stones’ tours and recordings from 1966 through 1968 (estimate: $40,000-$60,000)

— An early 1960s Framus Star Bass model 5/150 Black Rose Sunburst Finish played in the band’s concerts and recording sessions from 1963-1965 and displayed during the Rolling Stones ‘Exhibitionism’ touring museum (estimate: $80,000-$100,000)

— A 1968 Gibson Les Paul Standard Model Gold Top guitar and case used by Brian Jones in The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus concert show and film in December 1969 and on other recordings and more.

For more information:

Hard Rock Cafe New York
1501 Broadway-Times Square
New York, NY 10036
Monday, May 4th – Sunday, May 10th, 2020
Free to the Public

There are four ways to bid in this sale:

  1. Bid through Julien’s Auctions Online Live in Real Time at
  2. Bid over the telephone through an auction house representative.
  3. Submit a bid in person
  4. Enter Absentee bids. Absentee bid forms are included in the back of each catalogue, and are also available by calling Julien’s Auctions or online

Julien’s Auctions Beverly Hills
257 N. Canon Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Monday, May 18th – Thursday, May 28th, 2020
Daily: 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Pacific Time
Free to the Public

Friday, May 29th, 2020
Session I: 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time
Session II: 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time

Saturday, May 30th, 2020
Session III: 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time
Session IV: 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time

Sunday, May 31st, 2020
Session V: 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time
Session VI: 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time