Ex-Depeche Mode member Alan Wilder is auctioning off a treasure trove of studio equipment, records and other memorabilia that spans his tenure with the synthpop legends — including everything from Dave Gahan’s custom mic stands from the Devotional Tour to a platinum record for Black Celebration to a pair of his trousers.
UPDATE 8/5/11: The auction is now online and open to bidding.
“Collected: The Alan Wilder/Depeche Mode Collection” features 300 lots, mostly from 1982 to 1995, including studio and on-stage equipment from synths to drum sets used to record Depeche Mode and Recoil albums and on DM’s Black Celebration, Music for the Masses, World Violation and Devotional tours. Plus, there are vinyl singles, test pressing, promo cassettes and CDs.
Wilder, on his website, writes:
“Since my teenage years I’ve been an avid collector of interesting and unique musical items, including a ‘Steinway’ Grand piano, synthesizers such as the ‘Minimoog’, ‘Arp Odyssey’ and ‘Wasp’, a ‘Wurlitzer’ electric piano and a Packard harmonium, plus ‘Manley’ & ‘Telefunken’ valve amps and a ‘Manley’ limiter/compressor. There is one very special guitar and various ‘Emulators’ which were featured during the Mode tours, and I even have my old stage outfits, touring wardrobe and ‘Devotional’ drum kit in the sale.”
The musician has set up a website for the auction, and you can check out a PDF listing all the items. The auction itself is set for Sept. 3 at the Zion Arts Center in Manchester, England, with a public viewing of the lots scheduled for the day before.
Wilder also has commissioned a documentary called “Alan Wilder: Collected” about his massive memorabilia collection; a DVD copy will be given to anyone who purchases something at the auction. Check out a trailer for the film below.
Trailer: “Alan Wilder: Collected”
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