Former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman has made a big donation to MusiCares to aid music professionals who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. He says:
“When MusiCares reached out to me about providing something for their COVID-19 Relief Fund, I decided to help by offering my original bass rig that I used on the Steel Wheels U.S. tour of 1989, which I consider to be an important part of the Stones and music’s history. Nothing would please me more than to know that the proceeds from the sale of this will go to support my fellow musicians during this time of need, and to also know that my bass rig will find a new home where it will be appreciated for years to come.”
Appraised at $2 million, it is being sold with no reserve and it has a pre-auction estimate of $200,000 to $300,000. It will be sold by Julien’s Auctions on September 16th, four days after the auction house holds its auction of items from Wyman’s archives. Others donating memorabilia to this auction include Robert Plant and Ozzy Osbourne.
The rig was the last one Wyman used as a member of the Stones — he retired from the band after that tour.