Ted Owen & Co Eclectic Auction- Featuring Beyoncé- Frank Zappa- George Harrison ends march 13th 2018 (7pm gmt)

All bids through Invaluable 

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Highlights include


Frank Zappa's customised 1952/53 Les Paul Goldtop Guitar


The guitar extensively used during the early to mid 1960s in both studio and stage, this gold top was Zappa's main guitar before his famous SG. The guitar is a 1952/53 Gibson Les Paul with a single cutaway mahogany body. It has a maple top and neck and rosewood fingerboard with crown inlays. It has one P.90 single coil pickup, one single coil pickup one humbucking pickup and six rotary controls a toggle switch, a pick up selector switch, a Bigsby tremelo tailpiece. A Mahogany body with maple top. In it's original case. The Mothers of Invention first single 'Freakin Out features this guitar played by Zappa.


George Harrison & George Formby Owned/Played Banjo


George Harrison & George Formby Owned/Played Banjo Ted Owen & Co are proud to offer this John E. Dallas 'Special Model E ' banjolele Serial No 1169, that was lovingly owned and played by George Harrison. Harrison purchased this particular banjo as it famously belonged to and was played by George Formby. Formby was presented this specially made instrument in the 1930's and used it till his death in March 1961. Harrison would later offer the Banjolele back to the Formby Family/Estate and it was later exhibited at 'The Beatles Story, Liverpool' between 2008 to 2015. Complete with comprehensive history and documentation. The extensive provenance includes signed documents from both George Harrison and The George Formby Society instrument details-John E. Dallas 'Special Model E ' Serial No 1169 engraved pearl inlays and gold-plated metal parts. Hand made and unique for George Formby

Est £60,000- £80,000


The Beyoncé video collection Circa 1992- Extensive Collection


The collection is now comprised of 19 Videotapes (previously 11) that contain the footage from Beyoncé’s first two professionally produced music video productions. These videos were never officially released and the footage in the collection used to create them is nearly three hours in length. Included are Beyoncé’s rehearsals, performances and outtakes that were shot before, during and after an on-stage performance with her group Girl’s Tyme at the BMI New Music showcase at the DNA Lounge in San Francisco on August 26th 1992. Also included are scenes shot at The Plant Recording Studios in Sausalito, California during the time Beyoncé was there to record her first professionally produced and engineered recordings. There is also footage from a third location - a shopping mall - where Beyoncé is acting for the camera beside her longtime friend and Destiny’s Child member / Grammy Award Winner LaTavia Roberson. In addition, the collection includes the edited master tapes and work in progress tapes from Beyoncé’s first two music video productions. The collection has been locked in storage for more than twenty years and has only been seen by a select few people since being recorded. This recently unearthed original footage offers the viewer a rare and candid insight into the behind the scenes struggles that a young Beyoncé went through to develop her many talents. The collection beautifully depicts ten-year-old Beyoncé’s dance skills, stage presence, leadership ability and impressive tenacity as she takes her early steps towards stardom

Est £1500000 - £3000000




Previous sales 

David Bowie Demo Tape

We are proud to have available an original reel to reel tape, formerly belonging to Mick Ronson that features previously unheard and unreleased demo's from around the Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars era. 

The 71/2 tapes include a unique version of David Bowie's iconic song 'Starman'. Bowie is heard playing the guitar and singing the song to Mick Ronson and includes conversations between the two with Bowie explaining that 'the song still remains to be finished', suggesting that this was the first time the song was played to Ronson and likely the first example of the song being recorded. The excellent quality recording lasts approximately  4 minutes 30 seconds. 

The tape also includes a demo 'Hang on to Yourself', a song used on the Ziggy Stardust album. This version is different to the known album version as it includes no over dubs and is more stripped down. Bowie also sings different words in the chorus, again suggesting that this is a track that was being developed at the time

Also heard on the tape are vocal warm ups and multi tracking tests as well as array of pieces of songs (hardly any in complete form) that were used for the album 'Ziggy Stardust' & 'Pin Ups'

Offers in the Region of £14,000         

This is a very collectable and important piece of musical heritage, any enquiries please contact info@tedowenandco.com

David Bowie & Mick Ronson performing circa Spiders from Mars era

David Bowie & Mick Ronson performing circa Spiders from Mars era

Sting/The Last Exit- Original 1975 Masters

We are proud to  have available, 6 original masters circa 1975 one of one of Sting's earliest bands 'The Last Exit'. The tapes are all from Impulse studios Newcastle England. It includes a comprehensive track listing including the rare released track 'Whispering Voices' and many previously unheard songs

Titles include :Evensong,I Can't Say, Savage Beast, Whispering Voices, We Got Something, Truth Kills Everybody, Whispering Voices (ver 2), Put On Your Wings And Fly, Untitled Instrumental, Everyday's Just The Same, Carrion Prince, Don't Let It Bring You Down, I Got It Made, I'm On This Train, Oh! My Gawd, Instrumentals (2), I Can't Say (ver 2)

These masters are 8 Track Multitracks recording on 1” Magnetic Tape (SCOTCH 206 – 1”, BASF LRG 30 P – 1”). All recordings have dedicated track information : Drum tracks, Bass, Guitar, Vocal, Keyboard (Organ), Electric Piano, Overdubs. All recordings were produced by David Wood at Impulse Sound Recording Studio in Wallsend, Tyne & Wear, United Kingdom (Incidentally.These were Sting's first recordings with the band LAST EXIT.  Sting has acknowledged the opportunity he had creating these first recordings and thanked the company and producer for their indulgence).

The collection includes the DAT (Digital) Mixes of 9 of the tracks and a CD (same). There is also a 7” single (Whispering Voices c/w Evensong on WUDWINK  LABEL : WUD001) (Juke Box version – rare) and an opportunity to make an offer for the famous NEWCASTLE BIG BAND LP (which features both STING and JOHN HEDLEY from Last Exit on all tracks) - IS.NBB.106  

Special Issue Test Pressing signed by STING.

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Oasis/ Liam Gallagher's Zündapp Bella Scooter that was featured on the 'Be Here Now' album cover

Liam Gallagher's personally owned scooter. This very rare Zundapp Bella scooter was originally  purchased by Liam Gallagher in March 1997 and later that year was used on the front cover of 'Be Here Now', Oasis's third album and became the UK's fastest-selling album.  It went to the top of the UK chart and furnished two No. 1 singles 'D'You Know What I Mean' and 'All Around The World'. The scooter was also used in their music video 'Don't Go Away'

Registration no. 514 FMK, 200 cc, frame/engine no. 75481, mileage shown as 40951, red and black livery, together with a copy of the V5 registration certificate that shows Liam Gallagher as previous owner

The cover prompted much speculation as to possible meanings and messages but the photographer, Michael Spencer Johns, has been quoted as saying that it was simply a result of Noel Gallagher choosing a selection of items from the BBC prop store that he thought would look good in the image. It is possible that this scooter was included on Liam Gallagher's suggestion; the V5 certificate records him as the previous owner, having acquired the machine in April 1997, the time that the cover was shot at Stocks House in Hertfordshire. Apparently, the original concept had been to shoot each band member in a different location in the world but the costs would have proved excessive. The shoot was then relocated to the former home of Victor Lownes, head of the UK's Playboy Clubs.

Offers in the region of £15,000