Ronnie James Dio's Estate Sale has 666 items
August 21, 2018 8:31 AM   Subscribe

 
From the auction site:

Placing Bids
There are four ways to bid in this sale:

1. Bid through Julien’s Auctions Online Live in Real Time at JuliensLive.com.
2. Bid over the telephone through an auction house representative.
3. Submit a bid in person at the Hard Rock Café.
4. Enter Absentee bids.


This doesn't seem quite right. It should read:

Placing Bids
There are four ways to bid in this sale:

1. Stand up and shout.
2. Jump, jump. Jump on the tiger.
3. Cry out to legions of the brave.
4. Sail on, sing a song, carry on.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 8:42 AM on August 21, 2018 [19 favorites]


Black Sabbath Frontman Ronnie James Dio

That's just a really weird way to refer to both Dio and the "Black Sabbath Frontman".
posted by humboldt32 at 8:44 AM on August 21, 2018 [4 favorites]


His penmanship is ever so lovely! (see postcard to parents).
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 8:52 AM on August 21, 2018


This is pretty good:

DIO FAN ART STAINED GLASS PLAQUE

A stained glass plaque depicting the cove art for the Dio album Holy Diver.

13 1/4 by 13 1/4 inches

$300-500


It basically does what it says on the tin, but the priest's face looks a little like Homer Simpson's. "A" for effort, though.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 8:55 AM on August 21, 2018


Dibs on the Back to the Future VHS box set.
posted by bondcliff at 8:57 AM on August 21, 2018 [1 favorite]


I'm actually looking for a stool for the studio, maybe I'll get Dio's stool. Needs more ass-padding, though.
posted by uncleozzy at 9:00 AM on August 21, 2018 [2 favorites]


We sold that exact spider bracelet @ the occult store I used to work at in the 90's. I want to say it was $16-$20? There was also a variant with a glass eye in place of the spider. And red leather. But if it potentially has DIO CELLS on it, $450 sounds reasonable.
posted by Ennis Tennyone at 9:00 AM on August 21, 2018 [3 favorites]


I mean, it’s an adorable garden gnome, so… not metal? And yet it does play a real role in Dio lore: The Holy Diver singer cut off his thumb while installing the gnome back in 2003. Is that hardcore enough for you? (Est. $200-300)

If you're wondering, as I did, how Dio severed his thumb with a garden gnome…
Rockdetector.com: Last year, Internet rumours surfaced that you had severed your thumb in a gardening accident. While I'm sure a lot of fans initially brushed this off as unlikely, it then transpired to be true. What actually happened on that day?

Ronnie James Dio: "It was a killer garden gnome. I'm not joking, although I certainly wish I was. What happened was that I was in my yard trying to place this garden gnome on a slope. This is a seriously heavy piece of garden ornament, probably 60lbs or so. Anyway, it fell over, I fell into the shrubbery and then began to slide down to the bottom of the hill. I was trying to stop myself with my feet but put my hand out at the wrong moment. You can understand this all happened in a split second. My hand landed on a rock, and the gnome landed on it, squashing my thumb between the rock and the gnome. Basically it was crushed and took the end of my thumb off. I just looked at my hand and the first thought that flashed into my mind was, 'How on earth am I going to make my devil horn sign now? That's my trademark!' I wasn't worried about the injury, more concerned with my career."
posted by zamboni at 9:02 AM on August 21, 2018 [12 favorites]


No cape and scepter? I guess Jack Black already got 'em.
posted by entropicamericana at 9:09 AM on August 21, 2018 [2 favorites]




I would totally buy this and hang it up in my kitchen window if I saw it in a thrift store or at a flea market or something.
posted by The Card Cheat at 9:27 AM on August 21, 2018 [1 favorite]


It's really endearing how much Ronnie James Dio liked fan art.
posted by box at 9:31 AM on August 21, 2018 [13 favorites]


No cape and scepter? I guess Jack Black already got 'em.

(And a little one for KG)
posted by Strange Interlude at 9:50 AM on August 21, 2018 [2 favorites]


For some of the musical instruments, I feel like the estimates don't take into account that these were owned and used by Dio. You'd pay up to $2k or more for any schmo's 1959 Melody Maker, for instance. Ditto this JCM 800.

Then again, this bass has a pretty high starting bid, so what do I know.
posted by uncleozzy at 9:55 AM on August 21, 2018 [1 favorite]


I don't believe I own a bible, but if I did it would totally be this one.
posted by It's Never Lurgi at 10:14 AM on August 21, 2018


A pale rose Shetland wool sweater. A Deans of Scotland label is present. Size medium. With photocopy of a 1970s image of Ronnie James Dio napping in the sweater.
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 11:05 AM on August 21, 2018 [1 favorite]


But if it potentially has DIO CELLS on it, $450 sounds reasonable.

Coming soon to a remote island off Costa Rica: Jurassic Rockers Park. "Rock finds a way.!
posted by Naberius at 11:15 AM on August 21, 2018 [5 favorites]


Worth pointing out that there were live, real dragons in his estate -- how could there not be? -- but that the California government won't allow them to be resold so they don't appear in the auction.
posted by GCU Sweet and Full of Grace at 11:35 AM on August 21, 2018 [2 favorites]


Those of you considering buying some of his clothing to expand your own wardrobe, be warned that he was 5'4'' which means that the awesome spider pants which I would totally rock are far too small for me.

This sucks.
posted by It's Never Lurgi at 11:58 AM on August 21, 2018 [1 favorite]


I sent this link to my husband and I just now realized I should have hid his credit card beforehand. Damn.
posted by lydhre at 12:37 PM on August 21, 2018 [4 favorites]


Trying to convince my husband to bid on the gnome.
posted by Nancy_LockIsLit_Palmer at 12:57 PM on August 21, 2018


Sounds like you two need to swap husbands.
posted by Naberius at 1:00 PM on August 21, 2018 [8 favorites]


I'm happy that MeFi has brought this to my attention.

I'm sad that now I'm going to be bidding against the lot of you for some random Dio bullshit, that I'll be bidding on just to say that it was Ronnie James Dio's.

For better or worse, I'm much larger than he, so you all can go nuts on the clothes.
posted by booooooze at 2:39 PM on August 21, 2018


I would totally buy this and hang it up in my kitchen window if I saw it in a thrift store or at a flea market or something.

I think this one is even better. In the medium of stained glass, you don't often see a monster drowning a priest.
posted by box at 3:42 PM on August 21, 2018 [1 favorite]


Item 666, then, ladies and gentlemen! A chandelier, in pieces...
posted by Quackles at 11:26 PM on August 21, 2018 [1 favorite]


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