Bill Wyman's collection of Rolling Stones memorabilia & Sticky Fingers Restaurant heads to Julien's Auctions

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Bill Wyman's collection of Rolling Stones memorabilia & Sticky Fingers Restaurant heads to Julien's Auctions
A 1969 Fender Telecaster, Wyman purchased in the 1970s and used on home recordings in France from 1973 through 1981. Estimate: $15,000-$25,000.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA.- Julien’s Auctions announced today The Collection of Bill Wyman and Sticky Fingers Restaurant will join the world-record breaking auction house to the stars’ marquee music event of the year MUSIC ICONS , taking place Friday, May 20th, Saturday, May 21st, and Sunday, May 22nd 2022 live at Hard Rock Cafe® New York and online at Nearly 150 lots from the renowned and vast archive of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted English musician, record producer, songwriter and singer, founding member and legendary bassist of the Rolling Stones, will be presented including guitars, awards, memorabilia, photographs and artifacts that were prominently displayed for 32 years at Wyman’s famous and beloved London restaurant Sticky Fingers.

With his unprecedented collection of important instruments and thousands of artifacts amassed during his illustrious three-decade career with the World’s Greatest Rock Band and career as an international solo artist, Wyman opened the Sticky Fingers Restaurant in May 1989 to display a part of his memorabilia archive in a fine dining experience for the public. The popular American style food restaurant played host to dozens of charity fundraising events, most notably London's Royal Marsden Hospital and numerous children's charities, many American Radio Stations’ broadcasts and visits, as well as celebrations, anniversaries and parties attended by thousands of fans from every corner of the globe. Some of the high profile guests and celebrities who dined at the restaurant include: Princess Diana and her sons, Prince William and Prince Harry (Diana told Wyman that it was the princes’ favorite place to eat at the time), Princess Stephanie of Monaco, Bob Dylan, Alice Cooper, Mick Fleetwood, Ronnie Wood, Mick Ronson, Gary Brooker, Stevie Van Zandt, Steve Stills, Don Was, Jerry Hall, Twiggy, Dennis Hopper, Jeremy Irons, Leslie Nielsen, Lionel Bart, Gina Lollobrigida, Herbert Lom, and Bob Hoskins were just some of the regulars.

“I would be forever visiting and eating at the restaurant celebrating my three young daughters’ birthdays, and had pleasure in greeting the wonderful visitors, and signing autographs and having photos taken with them,” said Bill Wyman. “This wonderful collection of Stones memorabilia that was displayed there is now up for auction, giving people the chance to have a piece of Sticky Fingers history for themselves.”

Sensational highlights include (with estimates): Wyman’s fine collection of guitars such as a 1965 Framus Star Bass guitar in black rose sunburst finish, used during Rolling Stones concerts and recordings in 1965 and 1966 ($30,000-$50,000); a 1969 Fender Telecaster, Wyman purchased in the 1970s and used on home recordings in France from 1973 through 1981 ($15,000-$25,000); a 1974 Dan Armstrong prototype bass used on the Rolling Stones 1975-1976 tour ($20,000-$30,000); a 1978 Travis Bean custom short scale bass, custom built for Bill Wyman in 1978 that is engraved on the back 10-2-78 for Bill Wyman Travis Bean and used for the Rolling Stones 1978-1981 recordings and tours as well as pictured in a photograph among the instruments lined up in Wyman's home studio in Vence, France during production of his “(Si Si) Je Suis Un Rock Star” recording sessions ($20,000-$30,000); a 2010 Bill Wyman Signature Bass guitar built under Barry Moorhouse’s Bass Centre brand label autographed “Love Bill Wyman ($15,000-$25,000); RIAA gold record awards for Out of Our Heads, Aftermath, Between the Buttons, Beggar’s Banquet, Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers and more (range each lot $1,000-$6,000 each); rare early Rolling Stones images including a framed black and white souvenir card featuring The Rolling Stones sitting together on the floor, dating to 1964 with a color photograph of Mick Jagger and Brian Jones ($300-$500); four framed color photographs of The Rolling Stones from the 1960s including the Stones posing in front of their office window from July 18, 1964, the Stones posing in a London photo studio taken April 7, 1965, Keith Richards on the set of Thank Your Lucky Stars television show taken July 28, 1964, and Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman covered in cake taken at the Beggar's Banquet Press party on December 5, 1968 ($500-$700); a framed outtake photograph from the famed 1968 photo shoot of The Rolling Stones for their Beggars Banquet album at Sarum Chase mansion in Hampstead, London, by photographer Michael Joseph ($1,500-$2,000); as well as other rare memorabilia such as a 1960s plastic Rolling Stones Electra toy bass guitar manufactured in the United Kingdom by the Selcol Company featuring the Stones facsimile signatures and framed in a custom shadow box frame featuring black and white cartoon images of The Rolling Stones ($1,000-$1,500); a defaced All Stars ‘64 tour show handbill for the tour held on Thursday, February 27, at City Hall in Sheffield featuring the Rolling Stones as well as John Leyton, Mike Sarne, The Swinging Blue Jeans, Don Fireball Spencer, Billy Boyle, Mike Berry, Billie Davis and Jet Harris (Wyman commented that the Stones felt that they should have had higher billing and someone therefore scratched out John Leyton's face in protest) ($800-$1,200); an original ink and marker on paper profile portrait caricature of Mick Jagger, signed by the artist Jimmy Thompson ($600-$800); a limited edition lithograph featuring the original album cover artwork from The Rolling Stones’ 1971 album Sticky Fingers featuring plate signed autographs of Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, and Keith Richards ($400-$600); portrait prints by Sebastian Kruger of the Rolling Stones such as Bill Wyman and Keith Richards holding a puppet of Mick Jagger (range each lot $300-$800); an original gouache on board album cover artwork for Wyman’s 1985 album Willie and the Poor Boys, by artist Steve Kingston ($1,500-$2,500); an original JAK (Raymond “JAK” Jackson, the London Evening Standard’s political cartoonist) illustration of Sticky Fingers restaurant ($1,000-$1,500); a double-sided mobile used for in-store promotion for the Rolling Stones’ 1981 album Tattoo You ($400-$500); as well as backstage passes, show tickets, promotional posters, and other artifacts.

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