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Topic: Get your sticky fingers on rock souvenir Return to archive
05-23-02 06:05 PM
moy WHEN the Rolling Stones played in Cambridge in 1963 they were paid just 150 a fraction of what the 39-year-old contract is worth today.

A copy of the deal, signed by guitarist Brian Jones, is expected to fetch up to 1,200 when it goes under the hammer next month.

Fans of the band who were struggling wannabes in 1963 with just one chart hit are expected to turn out in force to bid for the carbon copy.

And experts at Sotheby's, which is auctioning the agreement, predict it will make eight times what the rock legends were paid for their gig at the city's Rex Ballroom.

The contract refers to a concert the Rolling Stones gave on September 30, 1963, nearly a year before their first smash hit, Not Fade Away.

Rhythm guitarist Brian Jones, who signed the deal, died in 1969, just months after being thrown out of the group.

Stephen Maycock, rock and roll memorabilia expert, said: "We have been selling Rolling Stones items for 20 years it is a global market.

"The lot is expected to go for substantially more than their 150 fee, but this was early in their careers before they became superstars. We are expecting lots of interest."

The band's 150 fee may seem tiny compared to their multi-million pound earning power today, but in 1963 it was a sizeable sum.

Their 1963 fee was about 10 times the average weekly wage of 16, 3s, 1d or 16.15, the average house cost just 3,160 and a pint of beer was priced at just 1s 5 1/2d or 7p.

The auction will be held at Sotheby's in London on June 14.


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