"Holy Grail" Of Recording Consoles Up For Auction


via Rolling Stone           On December 11th another one-of-a-kind, Rock & Roll artifact will be heading to the auction block. The original Helios Studio console used to record Led Zeppelin’s "Stairway to Heaven" is heading for auction at Bonhams Auctions. The main unit is a mammoth mixing desk installed in Basing Street Studio 2 , Island Records’ newly-constructed London studios in 1969. Sessions on  Zeppelin's "Holy Grail" as I like to call it began in December 1970. The lot includes two consoles with Alvin Lee’s Helios console from Space Studios – that were combined in 1996 by Elvis Costello. 

The legendary Helios console, was also used by the likes of Eric Clapton, Bob Marley, David Bowie, George Harrison and The Rolling Stones. In this article, Bonham's representative Claire Tole-Mole said: 

“It is hard to overestimate how crucial a role this console has played in the British rock and pop scene,” 

Provided you've got the room for this amazing piece of history, it is expected to fetch well into six-figures if not more. Back in March 2018, Bonhams sold the recording console used to record Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon for $1.8 million, well above its $700,000 pre-auction estimate. 

To see more of the Zeppelin Console click HERE.

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