Rolling Stones guitarist sells band memorabilia in divorce settlement

A rolling stone may gather no moss — but a Rolling Stone gathers plenty of memorabilia as the years go by. Now, as part of a divorce settlement between Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood and his ex-wife Jo, much of that memorabilia was recently sold at an auction, including a guitar, a lithograph, and leather and velvet clothing that Wood wore on stage.

Buyers eager to own a piece of rock music history attended the two-day auction at Julien’s Beverly Hills gallery in person, on the phone and over the internet.

What then were some of the items that brought buyers the most “Satisfaction?”

A white leather coat was snapped up for $8,960, while a cardboard replica of the guitar that band mate Keith Richards gave to Woods fetched $6,875 and a lithograph that Wood drew of Eric Clapton went for $5,120. One of the biggest prizes of the auction was Wood’s 1955 Fender Stratocaster guitar, which sold for a whopping $60,800.

Other items for sale included backstage passes, guitar picks, a note that Mick Jagger wrote to Wood, and vinyl records. The couple also auctioned off antique furniture from the country estate they used to share.

Some of the proceeds from the auction will be given to the charity Musicares, which assists people in the music industry struggling with substance abuse and/or financial issues.

The Woods separated in 2008 after being married for 23 years and their divorce became final in 2011. The 65-year-old Ronnie recently announced his engagement to a 34-year-old theater producer he has been dating since last year. Jo, meanwhile, has written a memoir that is due to be published in February 2013.

The Rolling Stones will be back on the road soon, embarking on a 50th anniversary tour.

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Reuters, “Rolling Stones memorabilia auctioned after divorce,” Andrea Burzynski, Oct. 28, 2012

Julien’s Auctions, “Property from the collection of Ronnie and Jo Wood,” Oct. 27, 2012