Welcome to TO&CO
Ted Owen & Co offers 40 years of experience in exclusive and eclectic collectables from the iconic era's and bygone times
We offer a bespoke service aimed at respecting the content and ethics of the artist
The team and directors at Ted Owen & Co offer an unrivalled service to the client and a tailor-made approach to the sale of their items. Offering the lowest commission and the maximum publicity and exposure for you items
We are a dedicated hand picked experienced team devoted to the history and authenticity of Entertainment and Music related auctions.
Knowledge, passion, ethics, integrity & over 40 years experience combine to deliver the uk's most forward thinking auction house
Ted Owen- Founder & Company CEO
Oliver Twitchett- Founder, Director & Music Specialist
DISCLAIMER. TED OWEN, MICK FLEETWOOD AND CLIFF COOPER HAVE NO ASSOCIATION WITH THE PRESENT COMPANY OF COOPEROWEN OR ITS OWNERS
About Ted Owen
Ted Owen has been involved in the music industry since the early 1960’s. He worked at the famous underground London club UFO, and in the 1970’s opened the rule bending new wave "Moonlight Club" where he discovered bands such as The Cure, The Pretenders, Adam and the Ants and was the first producer to record ‘The Specials’ in the first of his many live recorded albums.
Ted started working in the Auction field in 1988, firstly at ‘Phillips’ in London before being head hunted by ‘Bonhams’, where he developed their entertainment and music departments. He successfully led ground breaking auctions here until 1999.
During his Time at Bonham's Ted became one of the world experts in Psychedelic rock art. Whilst 'on a trip' to San Francisco he wrote the definitive book 'High Art: A History of the Psychedelic Poster' with partner Denise Dickson.
In 1999 Ted Owen was approached by old friend Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac and together they-formed Fleetwood Owen. During this partnership Fleetwood Owen made global news by setting a world record price for the sale of the famous John Lennon Upright Tan Steinway piano, on which he wrote "Imagine". Due to Mick Fleetwood's musical commitments the company now under Ted changed focus. So in 2003 founded CooperOwen with long time friend and music impresario Cliff Cooper.
Highlights included shattered the World record for the sale of a Beatles lyric "All You Need Is Love", fetching £690,000 ($1.25m).
The Madame Tussauds collection Featuring props from the Sgt Pepper album cover. The waxwork Beatles heads used on the cover of the album were sold for £95,000 ($150,000).
John Lennon's School sketchbook, Sold for £126,500.
Paul McCartney’s first ever guitar. Selling for £330,000 at Abbey Road Studios
In 2006, disillusioned by the inept route the corporates were going down Ted Owen Resigned from Cooper Owen and formed his new company at the time "Fame Bureau". CooperOwen Plc was scheduled to float on the AIM Stock Exchange. Before float CooperOwen was valued at £6 million. The float was postponed due to Ted Owen Resigning. In 2008 CooperOwen Plc was liquidated.
During the period between 2007 and 2013 Ted broke further world records selling the Jimi Hendrix ‘Astoria’ Stratocaster for £320,000. Later that same year in 2010 Ted sold the Jim Morrison Paris notebook for £ 90.000 . In 2013 the black and white Strat that Hendrix played at the Monterey Pop Festival sold for £200,000.
Ted Owen has organised auctions for David Bowie and Brian Eno’s War Child Charity. Led Zeppelin's, Jimi Page Abc Trust Charity and The Teenage Cancer Trust Abbey Road Rock art charity events. He is a regular contributor to print media, radio, television programs and research, he is currently working on a music industry documentary with his sister company Music Vault Films.
about Oliver Twitchett
Originally introduced to document and catalogue the Beach Boys Lost Archive, Oliver Twitchett became permanently involved with The Fame Bureau Ltd in 2012.
One of the new generation of memorabilia specialists Oliver Twitchett has a focus in areas from 1950’s-to present day music memorabilia. A collector and purveyor in 1950’s Counter-Culture in America, the American Beat Movement to British 1960’s Pop Culture and the avant-garde, Ginsberg & Burroughs to Peter Blake & Francis Bacon. Oliver combines his experience in the Uk Art, Culture & Music Scene with his own obsession in collecting and with it bringing a contemporary modern outlook while understanding and maintaining traditional processes, after all analog is always better than digital