Fan has converted the loos into a display cabinet for his extensive collection of posters and records
The unwashed urinals from Manchester’s Hacienda nightclub are to be sold at auction.
Mike Shepherd has converted the loos into a display cabinet for his extensive collection of posters and records from the time, all of which are also up for sale as he attempts to fund the purchase of a new house. Notably, Shepherd claims he has never washed the urinals since purchasing them at auction in 2001.
Discussing how he came to own the unique memorabilia, Shepherd told The Independent, “There was an auction of the Hacienda back in 2001. I couldn’t go but a friend of mine went and I gave him a couple of hundred quid and asked him to get me something substantial and that’s what he got me. Lots of people have got bricks and posters but I wanted something substantial and I used to fit bathrooms so it was a nice fit.”
Explaining why he never cleaned the toilets after buying them, Shepherd said that he was afraid of removing “Manchester music history” from the item. “These are the urine stains of Manchester music history. That one on the left could by Morrissey’s, the one on the right could by Anthony Wilson.”
The collection, which also includes signed posters, records and DVDs, is being sold by Shepherd on eBay, where he has started the bidding at £15,000.
Meanwhile, Peter Hook has revealed that he is in discussions with a former studio assistant who is selling tapes of Joy Division outtakes and original masters with a view to releasing them officially. As reported earlier this year, original copies of early recordings by both Joy Division and New Order that were found after they had been thrown away have now been put up for sale by Julia Adamson, a former assistant to producer Martin Hannett.