Tuesday, July 7, 2009

John Bonham's gong fetches $64,000 in sale to anonymous buyer

A gong used in the 1970s by John Bonham has sold in Los Angeles for $64,660.

Specialist Margaret Barrett of the auction house Bonhams and Butterfields confirmed to LedZeppelinNews.com that a buyer who wishes to remain anonymous bought the item yesterday.

The instrument was consigned by John Bonham's sister, singer Deborah Bonham, and their mother, Joan Bonham.

Yesterday's transaction was termed an "after sale" because the instrument did not sell on June 14 when it was part of an Entertainment Memorabilia auction.

It had been expected to fetch upwards of $80,000 and as much as $120,000.

While the instrument's value fell short of these figures, the amount paid for the gong yesterday is still more than double the $30,000 pricetag an anonymous bidder paid in an eBay auction on May 21 for an amplifier Jimmy Page is known to have used frequently between 1971 and 1973.

That amp, a 1971 orange Matamp, was sold by Rutherford Music Exchange in Rutherford, N.J.

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