Ronnie Wood - Ronnie Wood Auctions Off Rolling Stones Memorabilia Following Divorce
Divorces can be a hard time, especially if you're Ronnie Wood and you have to sell off a boatload of your stuff to pay for it, as was the case yesterday when the veteran rocker took to Julien's Auctions in New York to sell on some of his most valuable possessions.
The masses of memorabilia on auction spanned four decades of the famed guitarist's work with The Rolling Stones, with the two-day auction selling on all manner of things, including several worn leather and velvet jackets, some real and some cardboard guitars, an assortment of tour ephemera and a signed lithograph of Eric Clapton. Two of the highest fetching items that Wood sold included a white leather coat for $8,960, and a lithograph of Eric Clapton drawn by Wood that includes both the guitarists' signatures fetching $5,120.
However, neither of these came close to matching the sums his guitars amassed, with a 1955 Fender Stratocaster guitar often used on stage by Wood fetching a whopping $60,800. Even one of the cardboard guitars fetched a pretty penny, with a guitar cut-out given to Wood by fellow Stones guitarist Keith Richards selling for $6,875.
Next February marks the release of the memoirs of Wood's ex-wife Jo, in which the former Mrs Wood has promised to reveal what life was like as the wife of a Rolling Stone. The two were married for 23 years before Ronnie walked out on the marriage in 2008 for a young cocktail waitress named Ekaterina Ivanova. The couple's divorce was finalized in 2011, with the items sold at auction being claimed as 'jointly owned' items by the pair by Julien's.