From Rhythm & Blues and Rock & Roll to ‘70s pop and Gangsta Rap, Sotheby’s London will celebrate over 50 years of popular music this September as it opens its doors for the ‘Rock & Pop’ exhibition and sale. Over 100 objects relating to the most celebrated and influential musicians of modern times, many of which have never been exhibited in public before, will be brought together for this new event on the London calendar. Among the highlights are objects that changed the course of popular music, including the 1962 contract that cemented the relationship between the Beatles and Brian Epstein, Bob Dylan’s typewritten lyrics for his revolutionary song ‘A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall’ and the grand piano played by ABBA on their most celebrated songs.
Visitors to the exhibition will be able to explore musical instruments, handwritten lyrics, stage costumes and historic photographs relating to the greats of Rock and Pop while listening to the sounds that made them famous. Beats by Dr. Dre headphones will be installed at listening stations throughout the gallery, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the music associated with these great musical milestones.
The auction, taking place on Tuesday 29 September, will be preceded by a five day public exhibition at Sotheby’s New Bond Street galleries. Please find a full press release attached and do get in touch for further details and images.