Rolling Stones’ Bill Wyman archive headed to Julien’s Auctions

Wyman’s fine collection of guitars will be offered with highlights including a 1969 Fender Mustang bass designed by Leo Fender. Julien’s Auctions image

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – Julien’s Auctions will present property from Bill Wyman and His Rolling Stones Archive Courtesy of Ripple Productions Limited on May 29-31. This auction will feature over 1,000 lots selected from Wyman’s renowned and vast archive.

The archive contains not only an unprecedented collection of his instruments, stage-worn ensembles, awards, personal items and artifacts collected during his illustrious three-decade career as a founding member and bassist of the Rolling Stones, but also important instruments and artifacts from his ongoing solo career.

As depicted in the 2019 documentary film about the life and career of Wyman, The Quiet One, this archive also includes a wide range of property including never before seen archival material, equipment, ephemera, merchandising, promotional materials, production artwork, photographs, correspondence, concert posters, records and other memorabilia.

“Collecting and archiving has been one of the great pleasures of my life and will undoubtedly be one of my legacies,” said Bill Wyman. “It feels like the right time to share my archive with the world. I hope people will get as much joy from my collections as I have.”

He continued, “It is easier to let these items go knowing that a portion of the proceeds from this sale will support three causes that are close to my heart: The Prince’s Trust, Macmillan Cancer Support and CCMI (Central Caribbean Marine Institute) who are at the forefront of restoring the health of the world’s reefs and oceans.”

“This sale features nearly all of the important instruments, equipment and wardrobe in Wyman’s archive, offering fans a singular opportunity to own these historic pieces. The remaining categories of items represented in the auction are by contrast just a sample taken from Wyman’s vast archive of documents, awards, records and memorabilia,” said Martin Nolan, executive director of Julien’s Auctions.