HAMMER OF THE ROCK GODS!

Items belonging to the late Who bassist are up for auction today (April 21)…

Items belonging to THE WHO’s late bassist JOHN ENTWISTLE are being sold at auction today (April 21).

More than 700 items, including a fibreglass suit of armour, a pinball machine and two skeletons are among the lots under the hammer in Gloucestershire, near his Stow-on-the-Wold home.

According to BBC News, Humberts auctioneer Martin Lambert said: “We are hoping for a six-figure sale but at the moment it’s really difficult to gauge.”

A baby grand piano, dolls of Marilyn Monroe, 11 re-productions of knights’ helmets, a stuffed American Eagle and a mounted bust of the Princess Royal are amongst the 754 items on sale.

The two skeletons were said to have been used by Entwistle to play practical jokes on his house guests and have guide prices of between £30 and £50 each.

A personal music songbook with handwritten drafts of songs, a microphone, a collection of white label copy proof records and a snakeskin-covered tambourine are featured in the music memorabilia up for bidding.

Lambert said there was “something for everybody” in the sale.

As previously reported by NME.COM, Entwistle’s pink bass guitar fetched almost ten times its estimated price at a Sotheby’s auction in 2003.

‘Frankenstein’, a Fender Precision, sold for £62,400 at the auction which also saw his collection of 150 guitars, exotic fish, celebrity sketches and gold discs go under the hammer.

The 400 lots were expected to sell for around £500,000, but The John Entwistle Collection totalling sales were £1,093,372. Life-size casts of 30 fish caught by Entwistle in the Caribbean sold for over £19,000.

Entwistle died in 2002 in Las Vegas of heart failure due to cocaine abuse.