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21 August 2019, 14:27
10cc and Sir Paul McCartney fans looking for new items of memorabilia may finally be in luck after it was revealed an auction is about to take place featuring priceless items.
The Fender Rhodes keyboard played by Eric Stewart in the original promotional video for ‘I’m Not in Love’ is going under the hammer.
Eric, 74, sang lead vocals on the track while he played the Fender Rhodes electric piano.
The electric piano is owned by the former 10cc member and was used on many of the band’s biggest hits.
While ‘I’m Not in Love’ is undoubtably the most notable track after topping the UK chart for two weeks, the piano was also used for ‘Dreadlock Holiday’, ‘Life is a Minestrone’ and ‘The Wall Street Shuffle’.
The keyboard is expected to fetch between £6,000–£10,000 during the three-day auction, starting on Wednesday, September 11.
Eric will also be selling his customised 1950s Gibson Les Paul guitar, which featured on several 10cc tracks.
The guitar also featured on two of Sir Paul’s solo albums, Pipes Of Peace and Tug Of War.
Auctioneer Luke Hobbs said: “This keyboard is probably the most significant piece of 10cc memorabilia ever to come onto the market.
“If you listen to ‘I’m Not in Love’, it’s the very first thing you hear. It really is an iconic piece of British pop history.
“As well as being integral to 10cc’s sound, the keyboard featured prominently in the band’s videos and photographs. I’m anticipating a lot of interest from collectors, fans and possibly museums.”
Fancy owning a piece of musical history? The auction will be taking place at Gardiner Houlgate, 9 Leafield Way, Corsham, Wiltshire, SN13 9SW.