Friday, May 18, 2012

Porl Thompson auction on May 19th

The auction is over. Here's the official sales result list. (Thanks Nemi)

From @OmegaAuctions:
"Just picked up collection of instruments, artwork, stage clothing & memorabilia from well known member of iconic band, all will be revealed!"
"Yes - we can now announce that it is Porl Thompson and there are about 15 pieces of original artwork in the sale. Over 100 lots in total!"
"Don't miss 19th May collection. 100+ fab lots, instruments, artwork, stage clothing, memorabilia... details to follow" (Thanks Perfect.Murder)
Photo from Coventry Telegraph. (Thanks @AaronLaw92)

Update: Ad from Record Collector. (Thanks Perfect.Murder)

Update (4/29): The video preview is up and the catalog has been posted.

Update (4/30): From Omega Auctions on YouTube: "Porl is absolutely fine and is busy working on other projects. He will issue a letter to fans in the next few days..."
And from Perfect.Murder: "I spoke to the auctioneer today, and the guy had just put down the phone on Porl...he said he was absolutely fine and just clearing up...:)"
Also, I asked if Porl would attend the auction, here's their reply: "Not sure yet if Porl is attending. It has been discussed and we will let you know once confirmed."

Update (5/1): A note from Porl about the auction.

Update (5/7): You can now buy a copy of the catalog on ebay for £7.

Update (5/11): 3 items, including the 1961 Fender Stratocaster Hardtail, are up on ebay. If they do not meet their reserve price, they will be sold at the May 19th auction.
(Thanks Perfect.Murder)

Update (5/18): From @OmegaAuctions - "24 hrs to go until the Porl Thompson auction. Porl can no longer attend due to an injury but wishes everybody good luck with their bids! :)"

72 comments:

  1. There will surely be plenty of interesting pieces, but all far too expensive for me.

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  2. Are some chance to know what will be ? I'm very curious!

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  3. It sounds like he's retiring for good, this time. I feel sad but hope he'll have a long life with plenty of other projects. I'd love to be a bit from him, just a kind of goodbye...
    I will always love you, and I'm not Whitmey Houston !

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  4. This doesn't mean he is retiring for good. It just means the next time he joins the band for a couple years, he'll have even more stuff to auction off when he is done.

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    1. Exactly! Ruin everything with guitar wankery extravaganza, then keep on milking it after it's done.

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    2. So what do you suggest musicians/actors/celebrities/people to do?
      Perform calmly & normal-Throw their things in the trash, give it all away to their neighbor or let it waste in their storages??????
      Or should they wait till they are dead & then it is “ok cool” for their record company or agents to do whatever they like with their stuff because then it is of more value to them?
      Porl & the band should just do whatever they want because that is what they’ve always done. Whatever THEY .WANT.
      Maybe they will start selling beer :D HECK YEAH COOL :P
      Porl has always seemed hush-hush mysterious private about what he does that perhaps he already gave half of his things away for charity/family-friends-other musicians we don’t even know about!!!!
      I’m just saying because if Angelina jolie auctioned off her underwear [just because she wanted to/had to/ “milking it” whatever/who cares] I wouldn’t question it but hope for the best that I win something :]

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  5. Sad thing is that most of this stuff will not end up in the hands of Cure fans who would appreciate it most.

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  6. And I agree, for some reason this whole story leaves me feeling more sad than happy. I'm sure we've all dreamed of getting our hands on some band memorabilia, but it seems a bit Un-Cure (and maybe too 'rock and roll')?

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  7. Yeah, very sad to see it come to this. :(

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  8. adv now ,with im still in the band or not?? sale or guitar and stuff tell nothing about kit the band ,robert or porl not tell noting like this a this time ,and for the sound of the band with now is only shit with no guitar or fucking keybord ROGER o donnell is only my opion but a hate the cure a this time

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  9. Whatever, eric. As usual, you make no sense.

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  10. Will it end like Robert Secret 7" sleeve? Someone buying it and then selling it again on ebay?

    Maybe he is only 'making room' in his house. He surely has plenty of other Cure things still. Or he needs the money, for some reason, and he thinks that it can please some fans to get their hands on one of his belongings. Maybe sometime he says a word about it, that would clear up our 'none of our business' speculations.

    I hope who want something will be able to afford something, and if you want to please someone, you know you can contact me : )

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  11. Kind of sad to see this. It would be one thing if he were just selling off guitars. But the proofs for the artwork?... that has to sting. I could speculate on two reasons for this: 1, his departure from the Cure was so acrimonious that he'd just rather see it go. (However, the page and plant gold disc was on there, too.) 2, is a speculation i'm not going to make, because i have no basis for it, other than one porl spotting a few years ago.

    Either way, one could wonder what the band would sound like with Roger AND Porl in the mix. I love what they each bring to the band... it would have been nice to hear, I think.

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    1. I think it would b awesome!

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    2. I agree, Maybe we will here it one day!

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  12. Killer Glove and Pornography artwork at 1.15'...i want :)

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  13. Come on, JC, you know you'd look great in that red dress and the red heels. : )

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  14. Don't push me...i was also eyeing the leather brassiere!!!

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  15. No! Mine! My wardrobe for the Summer festivals!

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  16. I’m just sad over all this. Sending my <3 to Porl. You have been missed and will be missed.

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  17. Sad sad sad. Money problems? whit all the royalties?

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  19. Unknown, please not once again this kind of awkward comment I read too often here and there. If you'd be Porl Thompson, you wouldn't have to worry about money and at the same time you should know why The Cure are what they are. I hope you do, really.

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  20. Will we be able to absentee bid, via phone or internet? I have, like many others here I'm sure, lovingly re-drawn a lot of Cure art over the years, on book bags, notebooks, on my car, etc. I'd love to own a piece of the magic I've loved for so many years.

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  21. Yes. Check this page for the info on bidding procedures - http://www.omegaauctions.co.uk/buying.php.

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  22. Frustrated i can't go, but yes you can bid by phone or online, as long as you register...

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  24. What makes me sad about this is the thought that selling these items may NOT be a want, but a need :(

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  25. Stockport is just up the road from me... and 19th May is the one day I'm in London! Argh! However, I doubt I would be able to afford anything. I guess I could send the wife along...

    I would have to agree that this seems quite sad, and certainly the end of an era. But of course this doesn't mean Porl is selling EVERYTHING, just a few bits to make some room!

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  26. I hope he'll never join the Band again!!!

    I really like the Sound of the current line-up...

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    1. LAME. maybe you should rethink about that :P

      ...cause if it wasn't for Porls art n influence *cough* disintegration/kiss me/best albums/covers ever;
      that I'm sure the Cure wouldn't have that dreamlike atmosphere the cure
      H A D :/ barely has now .

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  27. The "Lego" Head on the Door image at 1:46 is actually artwork by Plasticgod. He did Secret 7" sleeves for The Cure and Florence too. http://twitter.com/plasticgod

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  28. sad, some of that artwork is actally from pre-cure times... if youre out there little man then smix says "get in touch" x

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    1. Smix, can you contact me? craigatcof(at)gmail(dot)com
      Thanks!

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  29. Would be really nice that someone could have an interview with Porl about this bids and his departure of the band.

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  30. wish there was just a little comment to say 'Porl's okay, he decided to do this instead...' - us Cure fans do worry about the members

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  31. i hope one day robert tell what apen with all the members of the band ,borris ,perry,and porl !

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  32. Nothing happened in particular. Porl has always been free to follow different projects, playing with The Cure, painting, playing with Page & Plant coming back with The Cure... I hope he'll plan other things and be successful. The nicest man one can meet, humble, accessible, talented... a pure gentleman

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  33. Can eric have a regular spot on COF? - 'eric's View' - I'd bookmark that

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  34. Tolhurst's departure with the band was the only really dramatic one - the others, well... guess Simon's was a bit dramatic but at least they didn't end up in court.
    And as we saw last year even Tolhurst and Smith are ok now.

    Some of Smith's nephews/nieces are Thompson's children, right?

    Oh and wouldn't buy any of this as I hate collecting stuff - guess Thompson just feels the same way as me ;)

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  35. This is just how "rock stars" have garage sales.:)

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  36. i hope so just a garage sales!!!

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  37. Fromm Omega Auctions on YouTube: "Porl is absolutely fine and is busy working on other projects. He will issue a letter to fans in the next few days..."

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  38. I spoke to the auctionner today, and the guy had just put down the phone on Porl...he said he was absolutely fine and just clearing up...:)

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  39. Thank you, JC. Good to know it isn't hardship forcing him to sell.

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  40. "Tolhurst's departure with the band was the only really dramatic one"... apart from Simon's... and Perry's... and Roger's... and Porl's... and Michael's...

    I asked Michael Dempsey in 1984 why he'd "left" The Cure and he said "That's just between me and Robert." Sometimes it's just none of our business!

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  41. looking forward to reading whatever porl has to say! and looking forward to (trying to buy) something with the parched art logo on it (since it's one of my cure tattoos).

    WE MISS YOU, PORL!

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  42. I asked if Porl would attend the auction, here's their reply: "Not sure yet if Porl is attending. It has been discussed and we will let you know once confirmed."

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  43. good new thank perfect,murder and craig:)))

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  44. this makes me so sad..... its like alan auctioning off his depeche mode things :(

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  45. I want that strat....61 hard tails are hard to come buy!! It's worth at least 9K!

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  46. the wish artwork made with a photocopy of an apple cut in half? Wonderful...

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  47. Yeah, I thought the apple bit was very cool! I also really loved the tattooed orange design for 4:13 Dream.

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  48. Smix, or anyone who knows him, can you please contact me?
    craigatcof(at)gmail(dot)com
    Thanks!

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  49. Does anyone know where the proceeds of the auction will be going?

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    1. Unless I've missed something, this isn't an auction for charity, so the proceeds should go to Pearl.

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  50. Isn't the Gibson the one used in orange? I've always moved that guitar. It always looked so BIG on pearl.

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  51. Oops...I meant I've always LOVED that guitar! As for the Schecters, I'm sure now that he's probably not in a sponsorship deal with Schecter, he's dropping his prototypes. Good for Pearl!

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  52. @Astromass: Pretty sure the guitar used on "In Orange" is an Epiphone. This guitar, if it's the one I'm thinking of, appeared just a little later, and can be seen from the "Catch" video all the way through the Wish tour.

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  53. Omega Auctions ‏@OmegaAuctions

    24 hrs to go until the Porl Thompson auction. Porl can no longer attend due to an injury but wishes everybody good luck with their bids! :)

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  54. I kind of missed out on lot 112, what was it?It wasn't advertised on the programm....Thanks..

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  55. Thanks so much Porl for the Lot and the nice letter. I could never have afforded this guitar rig from new. It has ended up with the oldest Cure tribute band in the world so it will continue to serve its purpose. I cant believe what good condition its in. Your roadys must be good! It will be be played till it falls apart, fixed and played again. It will be part of a living Cure museum with other bits of Ex-Cure stuff that we tour with.
    Photos of letter and gear here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Cureheads/112118795495641

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