Preview: Lots of jazz at Sotheby's auction




Lots from Jack Bruce and Oscar Peterson feature in the next Sotheby's Rock & Pop Auction, including Bruce's basses and Oscar's favourite Oyster

The next Sotheby's Rock & Pop Auction, at 34-35 New Bond Street, London on Tuesday 29 September, will offer some intriguing lots for jazz lovers. Alongside memorabilia from the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan, the 105 lots include items from bassist Jack Bruce (pictured right by Marek Hoffman), pianist Oscar Peterson and, in one case, a piano built for Bill Evans.

There are 35 items from Jack Bruce, including basses, clothes and lyric manuscripts. The lots range from a Moschino shirt from the 1990s (pictured below left worn by Bruce performing with Ringo Starr) estimated at £500-£700 to the Warwick Thumb Bass (£80,000-£100,000) which Bruce used for the Cream performance at the band's induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 1993 and which remained his favourite bass guitar through the rest of his career.

A percentage of the proceeds from these items will be donated to EACH (East Anglia's Children's Hospices), Bruce's favourite charity. Most of the lots are associated with Bruce's days as bassist and lead vocalist with Cream but there is also a 1950s Czechoslovakian acoustic double bass (£3,500-£4000) and a Hammond B3 organ and Leslie speaker cabinet (£4,000-£6,000) which was also played by Graham Bond and Larry Young.

Lots from Oscar Peterson (pictured below right) are fewer in number, just five in all. They include a Rolex Oyster wristwatch, catalogued as 'Peterson's favourite watch' and with an estimate of £8,000-£12,000. The Peterson item with the highest estimate is Take Me Home, an album by the Oscar Peterson Legacy Quartet, estimated at £20,000-£30,000. The album was recorded in 2013 by three members of Peterson's last group - guitarist Ulf Wakenius, bassist Dave Young and drummer Alvin Queen - with Danish pianist Neils Dan Loky. This is described as a 'unique and only issue': three 12" vinyl records, a CD and a digital copy on USB.

The most expensive lot on offer, at an estimated £600,000-£800,000, is a piano referred to as the ABBA Grand. The instrument was built by Georg Bolin for Bill Evans and eventually became the piano used by the Swedish group on most of their recordings from 1973-1977.

The auction begins at 2.30pm on 29 September. It will be preceded by an exhibition of the lots, from 24-28 September, at the New Bond Street address. Further details, including images and descriptions of the lots, can be found on the Sotheby's website.

Bruce Lindsay


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