Buy Syd Barrett's stuff!
November 28, 2006 12:12 AM   Subscribe

Buy Syd Barrett's stuff! The estate of Syd Barrett is going up for auction on Wednesday. Some interesting items include several A4 note binders with Syd's handwritten notes, a pair of handpainted speaker boxes and a Pollock-esque handpainted stool.
posted by melorama (21 comments total)
The stuff isn't anywhere close to being as strange or exotic as some might expect. Unless of course they're holding back the "good" stuff from the public.
posted by melorama at 12:13 AM on November 28, 2006

The stuff isn't anywhere close to being as strange or exotic as some might expect.

Well, yes, I was expecting something altogether different upon reading that they were auctioning one of Syd's handpainted stools.
posted by bunglin jones at 12:23 AM on November 28, 2006 [1 favorite]

something like this, BJ?...
posted by growabrain at 12:32 AM on November 28, 2006

The best thing I see is an illustration he did in art school.
posted by D.C. at 12:35 AM on November 28, 2006

Also, for those who liked the AskMe post about mental calendars, he drew one, but it goes the wrong way round. ;)
posted by D.C. at 12:41 AM on November 28, 2006

Gawd ... you can smell this stuff...
posted by strawberryviagra at 1:10 AM on November 28, 2006

Arrgghhrr .. fuck!
posted by strawberryviagra at 1:13 AM on November 28, 2006

Most of this looks like the output of thirty years as a regular attender of the local Psychiatric Day Centre.

I'd have been happy to bid on any baskets that were woven by Syd.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 1:28 AM on November 28, 2006

He must've spent a good bit of his time, at some point or other anyway, in making and painting tables and other furniture. There's a heap of it for sale. I find this one, and especially this one oddly beautiful and, well, terribly sad.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 1:31 AM on November 28, 2006

Video of the inside of Syd's house
posted by melorama at 2:38 AM on November 28, 2006

Maybe I can buy those eskimo chains Syd was singing about.
posted by dropkick at 2:51 AM on November 28, 2006

Is it just me, or have these auctioneers done the bare minimum for Syd's estate? 100 minimum, 500 estimate for everything? I mean, come on. The IKEA Billy shelves are the same as the kids' guitar or the handmade occupational therapy stuff?
posted by imperium at 4:07 AM on November 28, 2006

I was hoping to see an elephant made of Alka-Seltzer! Dang! I'll settle for the hippo doorknob. I'm not really in the market for a grease stained La-Z-Boy recliner though.

The various crappy carpentry projects, especially the pieces made taller with awful extensions are the best of the lot I think. The paintings should fetch the highest amount but if I had the room ability to not care about high shipping I'd be in on that table.

The mountain bike is too new to be THAT bike, but it would have been amazing to have been the guy who sold it to him.
posted by ernie at 6:03 AM on November 28, 2006 & ability...
posted by ernie at 6:04 AM on November 28, 2006

His mental blocks were nailed to raise this table. Let's start the bidding at $100...
posted by hal9k at 6:19 AM on November 28, 2006

Item 223: Much played single record, The Four Tops - If I Were A Carpenter.
posted by Joeforking at 9:02 AM on November 28, 2006

This (thanks for the link Afroblanco) is actually a pretty interesting little painting—it has the light you'd expect out of some sunny hills (and a shadow, too), but close up, it's completely abstract. Too bad I don't have a spare five hundred bucks. If it's even that—I don't understand this particular form of auction. Is the current bid a secret, or what?
posted by interrobang at 10:01 AM on November 28, 2006

This is just kind of sad.
posted by geoff. at 3:22 PM on November 28, 2006

Yeah, totally sad. I was sad when he died, then I got home way-too-late from work and read this. I kinda wish I was in a position to be purchasing stuff like this. I would gladly come home from work and flop into that sad, old recliner of his.
posted by glycolized at 9:31 PM on November 28, 2006

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