RonnieWood.comRolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood is denying involvement in an auction of art and memorabilia organized by his former wife Jo. According to BBC.com, Wood says he is "staggered" and "shocked" by the event, adding that some of the items are "clearly his personal belongings."
A rep for Wood released a statement to the BBC saying Wood is "shocked and disappointed that this auction is being misrepresented as a joint sale. This is not the case. Ronnie feels saddened that Jo has taken this course of action and wants the public to know he has not teamed up with Jo on this outrageous sale."
The couple separated in 2008 after 24 years of marriage and their divorce was finalized in 2011.
Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills announced on Wednesday that the were holding an auction of "property from the collection of Ronnie and Jo Wood," including art created by Ronnie, in part to benefit MusiCares, the Grammy Awards charity that offers benefits needy people in the music industry.
Auction house President and CEO Darren Julien tells ABC News Radio, "Ronnie did know about the auction in advance and these are items that were part of his divorce settlement with Jo Wood. They have always been close friends and I am sure it will be the same after the auction as well. Divorce and separation are never easy."
Featured music items include a Mick Jagger handwritten note to Wood, a Rolling Stones poster signed by Jagger, original John Lennon and Steven Verona cartoon drawings used in The Beatles’ first music video, as well as Wood's painted portraits of Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, and Bob Dylan.
Also up for auction are two Fender Stratocaster guitars custom painted by Wood, one with the body depicting a Rolling Stones recording session. Fine antiques, furniture and decorative art that the Woods collected from around the world are also available.
The auction is scheduled to be held at live and online October 26 and 27.
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