The recording console that was used for Pink Floyd's The Dark Side Of The Moon and other classic albums fetched $1.8 million at auction on Monday (March 27) by Bonhams New York.
The eight-track console was housed in Studio 2 of EMI Records' Abbey Road studios from 1972-82; In addition to "Dark Side" it was also used for albums by Paul McCartney, Wings, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Kate Bush, the Cure and others. It was sold by its most recent owner, producer Mike Hedges, who purchased it after it was retired from the complex.
The buyer, who has not been identified, also received a letter of authenticity from studio manager Ken Townsend, a vintage Pink Floyd promotional photo, a documented history by Abbey Road tech Brian Gibson and a copy of Dark Side.
In a statement, Bonhams' Katherine Schofield said that, "The intense bidding seen in the room and on the phone speaks to (the console's) association with one of the U.K.'s most relevant and successful bands, Pink Floyd, and highlights the fact that this is far from being any ordinary console."
A wealth of other Pink Floyd items will go on display May 13, when The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains, opens at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.