Royal results in Omega Auctions first DJ Tony Prince sale
January 28 2020
Bidders online, in the room and on the telephones packed Omega Auctions Newton Le Willows saleroom today alongside TV cameras, as the first of part of the collection of legendary radio DJ and ‘Royal Ruler’ Tony Prince went under the hammer.
Prices achieved frequently bettered the top estimate set by the auction house, with attentions focused chiefly on the final lot of the sale, the supremely rare Paul McCartney signed ‘Love Me Do’ demo, which has been the subject of national press coverage in the run up to the sale.
The demo signed by Paul McCartney to the label sits in a framed presentation with a copy of a telex sent by McCartney to Tony Prince confirming the demo’s status as the first of the group’s played on radio, achieved a price £20,400 (inclusive of buyer’s premium).
Auctioneer Paul Fairweather said of the sale “Working with Tony is a real pleasure and we’re happy to kick off the first of the planned sales with some excellent results. We had a record number of bidders registered for a sale of this size, which is a testament to the quality on show here. The demo fetched a fantastic price and we’re sure the winning bidder will treasure this piece of history”.
Other highlights included:
A letter by Freddie Mercury, signed by all four members of Queen sold at £4,800 against an estimate of £1,000 - £1,500.
A radio once owned by Elvis Presley sold for £3,300 from a £2,000 - £3,000 estimate,
A rare Schwinn Yellow Submarine Beatles bike made £3,100 from a £1,000 - £2,000 estimate
A David Bowie – Space Oddity demo single made £1,000 from a £100 - £150 estimate.
A collection of Heavy Metal LPs sold for £900 from a £300 - £500 estimate.
A collection of rare ‘Doors’ press releases and photos achieved £800 from a £200 - £300 estimate.
A contract signed by members of The Cure took £500 from a £100 - £150 estimate.
**All realised prices are inclusive of buyer’s premium**