‘Oh, by the way, which one’s Pink?’
– lyrics from “Have a Cigar,” by Pink Floyd
Psychedelic prog rockers Pink Floyd presented a challenge to autograph enthusiasts. With the coming and going of the band members, along with sometimes-contentious in-fighting, it could be difficult to get a fully signed item.
“The chase started in the 1980s, when I got Waters; then Gilmour on his solo tour; then more on the reunion tour (sans Water).” John notes, “Roger Waters lived in NYC on and off; he was very accessible. He was generally a friendly person anyway.”
“My complete-signed Pink Floyd is a big deal because David Gilmour is the most rare signature, having been so reclusive and not really signing since the 90s (next rare would be the late Richard Wright).”
It wasn’t an easy road for autograph collectors of the time. “One time when Gilmour and Waters were fighting, Waters ripped up an autograph that Gilmour had already signed for a buddy of mine.”
Brennan adds, “It’s been almost my whole career getting Pink Floyd completed, because there was no real reunion with all of them. It was just hardcore collecting, one by one, in all different spots.”
Shine on you crazy diamond
Here are the jewels of our Pink Floyd offerings in this John Brennan Collection auction:
Lot 7010: Fully signed copy of ‘Animals’
“Animals” album signed on the front cover in pink paint pen by Roger Waters, and in blue felt tip by Richard Wright, David Gilmour and Nick Mason. The record is included.
Loosely based on George Orwell’s political fable Animal Farm, Pink Floyd’s tenth studio album, “Animals,” was released in early 1977 to positive, if not inconsistent, reviews, with many a critic both applauding and critiquing the album’s conceptual framework and shift in musical style.
A highly displayable and uncommon Pink Floyd album signed by all four musicians.
Lot 7013: See you on the dark side …
“The Dark Side of the Moon” album signed on the front cover in silver ink by Roger Waters and Nick Mason. The record is included.
A true signature album for Pink Floyd, it is one of the best-selling albums of all time, remaining on the Billboard charts an astonishing 741 weeks, from 1973 to 1988.
Lot 7011: Careful with that axe, Eugene
Gorgeous Trinity River Telecaster-style electric guitar with a handsome sunburst finish, prominently signed on the body in felt tip by legendary Pink Floyd founder Roger Waters.