December 19, 2005 10:31

Keith Richards' electrocution up for grabs

1965 film showing the Rolling Stone’s near death auctioned

Keith Richards' electrocution up for grabs
The moment Keith Richards almost died is up for grabs.

A Super 8 film showing the Rolling Stones’ guitarist getting electrocuted on stage in 1965 is being auctioned through memorabilia site Itsonlyrocknroll.com.

Capturing the moment during the Sacramento gig in colourful detail, the film shows Richards hitting the stage floor after his guitar strings accidentally came into contact with an underground microphone.

Attendants then rush ove to help revive the guitarist while his bandmates Mick Jagger, Bill Wyman and Brian Jones move towards Richards in shock, the New York Post reports.

"I woke up in the hospital an hour later," Richards later recalled. "The doctor said (electrcution victims) come around or they don't."

Medics later said they believed the rubber souls of guitarist's Hush Puppies shoes saved his live from the electric shock which bassist Wyman recalled left Richards’ guitar strings “curled up, melted like fuse wire".

The film is expected to fetch around $10,000.

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