Julien's AuctionsWhile Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood rocks out with his band mates in Paris in preparation for their 50 & ******** Tour dates, a collection of items he left in the possession of his ex-wife, Jo Wood, is set to hit the auction block in Southern California. The sale, which takes place today and Saturday at Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills, will include music-related memorabilia from The Stones, Faces and Ronnie's solo career, as some of his artwork.
Among the many featured collectibles are a handwritten note from Mick Jagger to Wood, a Rolling Stones poster signed by Jagger and a guitar-shaped cardboard cutout with messages to Ronnie penned by Keith Richards, as well as Wood's painted portraits of 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.
In addition, fine antiques, furniture and decorative art that the Woods collected from around the world are also available. A portion of the proceeds from the sale benefits MusiCares, a nonprofit organization that provides emergency financial and medical assistance to musicians.
Julien's Auctions founder Darren Julien says because of the circumstances surrounding the sale, Stones fans will have the chance to purchase items that otherwise may not have been made available.
"This is really part of [Ronnie and Jo's] divorce settlement," Julien explains. "Jo's the one that's made the decision to sell everything, and she got Ronnie's permission. I just think there's some things that Ronnie would rather had not been sold."
He also notes that "this is really the first time that any of The Stones have had items like [those] we have in Saturday's auction."
Julien adds that now is "perfect timing" for the auction, since the band's 50th anniversary celebrations have put them back in the media spotlight. Visit JuliensAuctions.com for more information about the sale.
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